Portsmouth Diocese e-News

Tuesday 11th September 2018 - Issue 196 (2018/31)


Dear Friends,


I’m just back from a remarkable three days at Adoremus in Liverpool. It was an action-packed programme with lots of elements. I was very proud that almost 250 pilgrims made the marathon journey from down here in our Portsmouth Diocese to “up North” for the Congress. We had the Symposium day on Friday and then Bishop Barron on Saturday. The Mass and Eucharistic Procession on Sunday was magnificent. You can read more below.  Meanwhile, here is this week’s bumper e-News, with an advance notification for the 'Science – Or – Religion? A Symposium' and also an interview I did with National Catholic Register on the abuse crisis.


Have a blessed week ahead! God bless you.






Adoremus - it's was wet, it was windy, but it was worth it!  

This past weekend, many clergy, religious and lay-faithful from the diocese have been among the 10,000 pilgrims to Liverpool for the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress - Adoremus 2018. The congress ran from Friday through to Sunday, beginning with a Symposium day on Friday, through the Congress day on Saturday and ending with Pilgrimage Mass and Eucharistic Procession through the streets of Liverpool and Benediction on the steps of the Metropolitan Cathedral. There is a short clip of the rather wet procession here.


The Procession was preceded by a magnificent celebration of Mass in the Metropolitan Cathedral. The Cathedral is looking particularly splendid in this its fiftieth anniversary year. Meanwhile, you can catch up with a lot of the talks of the Congress here and view the amazing official photos here.


O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament have left us a memorial of your Passion, grant us, we pray, so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may always experience in ourselves the fruits of your redemption. Who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, on God, for ever and ever. Amen.



Bishop Robert Barron on The Mass - an Adoremus keynote address

Bishop Robert Barron is an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. He is the creator of the award winning documentary series, "Catholicism" and "Catholicism:The New Evangelization." He has a huge online following with 1.5 million followers on Facebook.


On Saturday, he was the keynote speaker at the Adoremus 2018 Eucharistic Congress and gave two addresses. The first was an excellent talk on the various aspects of the Mass which you can watch by clicking on his photo.


As he says in this address, ‘There is no more important encounter with the Lord than the Mass.’



"Following the Messiah" - reflecting on 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In Sunday’s Gospel, we reach a pivotal moment in our walk with the Lord. After weeks of listening to His words and witnessing His deeds, along with the disciples we’re asked to decide who Jesus truly is. Peter answers for them, and for us, too, when he declares: “You are the Messiah.” Many expected the Messiah to be a miracle worker who would vanquish Israel’s enemies and restore the kingdom of David. Jesus reveals a different portrait. He calls himself the Son of Man, evoking the royal figure Daniel saw in his heavenly visions. But Jesus’ kingship is not to be of this world. And the path to His throne, as He reveals, is by way of suffering and death. Jesus identifies the Messiah with the suffering servant that Isaiah foretells in the First Reading. The words of Isaiah’s servant are Jesus’ words - as He gives himself to be shamed and beaten, trusting that God will be His help. We hear our Lord’s voice again in the Psalm, as He gives thanks that God has freed Him from the cords of death.


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



Jennifer Geach reflects on prayer...

When my parents were being instructed in the Catholic religion, they both asked their instructor what it was all right to pray for; and their instructor told them both separately ‘Anything it is all right to want’.  And so our family prayers included petitions for safe journeys, for success in examinations, for fine weather.; for real things that were of real concern to us as a family.  And I could wish that our bidding prayers in church were more like this, rather than the quasi-political pleas we very often get, in which the composer of the prayer behaves as though God needed instruction in the problem and direction as to the best solution; as though he were an incompetent CEO, not our loving and almighty Father. Moreover, bidding prayers are seldom concrete requests for real things. (In the recent drought were there any prayers for rain?)


Read the full reflection here



Sweet Sacrament Divine

This week, the fifth in our survey of ten “classic” Catholic hymns, we turn to an old favourite, Sweet Sacrament Divine. It was written by Fr. Francis Stanford (1835-1914), an old boy of St. Edmund's College, Ware and one-time parish priest of Hertford. He wrote several other hymns too, including one I can remember from school, although I’ve not sung it for a long time, O Sacred Heart, our home lies deep in Thee. The words contain a number of scriptural references applied to the Holy Eucharist, not least Matthew 8: 23-27: And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. They were amazed, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”” We sang this song several times last weekend during the Eucharistic Procession at Adoremus. I pray that we will all find in the Holy Eucharist that rest and calm amidst life’s storms that only Jesus can give us.


Click on the picture to hear a recording.



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

Believing is following (Mark 8:27-35) 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B


This Sunday, we’ll hear St Mark’s account of Peter’s profession of faith in Jesus: “You are the Christ”. Yet a moment later Jesus will call Peter ‘Satan’ for trying to divert him from his sacrificial mission. To profess the faith is not enough. Faith is lived and tried in the fire of charity, and in the following of Jesus to the cross and resurrection. This invitation to faith lived out in charity is not a lifestyle option, but a matter of life or death, of losing or saving one’s life.


We’ll reflect on:
Faith: What do we understand by ‘faith in Jesus Christ’?    

Hope: How is this faith life-giving?     
Love: Why is faith necessarily related to charity?     


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



The Holy Father's Prayer intention for September

Please join the Holy Father in his prayer intention for this month:


Let us pray that young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries. Pope Francis - September 2018


Africa is a wealthy continent, and its greatest, most valuable resource is its young people. They should be able to choose between letting themselves be overcome by difficulty or transforming the difficulty into an opportunity. The most effective way to help them in this choice is to invest in their education. If young people don't have the possibility of education, what future can they have? Let us pray that young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries.


Click on the image to watch a short video from the Holy Father.




Diocesan Day for Readers - Saturday 6th October

The General Instruction on the Roman Missal notes that in the readings, God speaks to his people, opening up to them the mystery of redemption and salvation, and offering them spiritual nourishment; and Christ himself is present in the midst of the faithful through his word. This is why the ministry of Reader at Mass is so important.


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 and 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 via email haylingisland@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk or telephone: 023 9246 3854. Please be aware that booking is essential due to health & safety reasons.




Inviting you to A Day with Mary 

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.



Annual Day for Altar Servers - 13th October

The other day I came across 7 good reasons to become an Altar Server. It was on the Westminster Archdiocesan youth website. You can connect to it here. Meanwhile, we’re planning a great day for Altar Servers, young and old, from across our own Diocese of Portsmouth. Building on the joys of last year, where 100 servers from around the diocese gathered at the Cathedral, we are excited to be welcoming an incredible lineup of workshop leaders addressing various aspects of serving for different age groups. The day will also include adoration, Mass and testimony.


Keynote: The Joy of Service

Understanding Serving: 7-11 workshop

Serving as Vocation: 12-16 workshop

Call to Mission: Adult workshop


You can register here.



Science – Or – Religion? A Symposium

Our big diocesan Symposium takes place on Saturday 3rd November 2018, 10 am – 4 pm in The Discovery Centre in Winchester (opposite St. Peter’s church). It’s called “Science - or - Religion?” - a hot topic - and we have invited two key speakers: Professor Alister McGrath, professor of Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, and Dr. Andrew Pinsent from the Oxford University Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion. They will be tackling the issue of whether recent research on the universe suggests the existence of a Creator. We’ve also got a great line-up of other speakers who will be running optional workshops depending on your interests. You can choose two from the following six options:


•   Christianity and Extra Terrestrial Life (Bernard Barrett, theologian)

•   The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (Professor Maria Burke, Winchester University)

•   Quantum Physics and the Quantum Physicist (Dr. Vincenzo Tamma, University of

•   Is Consciousness immortal? (Dr. Andrew Beards, Academic Director, School of the
     Annunciation, Buckfast)

•   In the light of evolutionary psychology, can humans have free will? (Dr. Rebecca Page-
    Tickell, Hampshire Business School)

•   In the light of current medical advances, could people live forever? (Dr. John Ochai,
    St Mary’s Hospital, Ryde). 


Pre-booking has already begun and the total number of spaces is limited. Details of how to book will be in next week’s e-News. Meanwhile, save the date!



Youth Sunday with Bishop Philip - 25th November

Last year young adults and students from across the Diocese of Portsmouth gathered for the first time to celebrate the Feast of Christ the King.


This year we are joined again by FOCUS (Southampton University) who will be speaking on "witnessing to non-Catholics". We will also be welcoming Catherine Horsnall from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP who will be speaking on sustaining your faith through the university to workplace transition, and what it's like stepping out of a close-knit Cathsoc into the secular city culture.


Holy Hour and Confessions will begin at 5pm in the Cathedral. 6pm Mass will be followed by food and the two talks.


Find out more here.




2019 Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

People have been asking me about next year’s Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. It will be from 25th – 30th July 2019. As mentioned before, we had an exhilarating Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage to Lourdes this last July. We had a group of young people from Fareham, Reading and other parts of the Diocese together with nearly 20 FOCUS youth from the United States. We did all the usual pilgrimage exercises including Mass at the Grotto, the Torchlight Procession, the Blessed Sacrament Procession, the International Mass, going into the Baths, a trip out to Gavarnie etc. The aim is that next year, we hope to have the FOCUS members plus about 30 of our youth, and together they will be leading the Pilgrimage. We will all stay together in the same hotel and share the same programme. The youth will invite the sick, the elderly, families and individuals to join them as pilgrims. Planning is now well underway and more details will be available soon. It will be a five or six day pilgrimage in the week after the end of school term. So do save the dates: 25th – 30th July 2019.





Interview on the Current Crisis

I’ve just undertaken an interview with Kevin Turley for the National Catholic Register, the American Catholic weekly, on the topic of the current crisis in the Church. It seems to me that there is a three-level crisis at the moment: first, the alleged catalogue of sins and crimes against the young by members of the clergy; secondly, the homosexual circles centered around the former Archbishop of Washington but present in other areas across the Church, too; and then, thirdly, the mishandling and cover-up of all this by the hierarchy up to the highest circles. You can read my interview here. It’s always difficult, of course, to get everything in and reading the interview again, there are one or two points that might have been better expressed. But my basic position is that just as in a time of personal crisis, so too on the ecclesial level, we should run to Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, to sit at His feet, to experience His love, to listen to His Word, to ascertain from Him what He wants us to do, and then to put it into action. After all, it is His Church and we know He will see things right. The issue is about our collaboration with His Holy Spirit. Meanwhile, to say it again, please pray for the victims of abuse and especially for the healing of their memories. Please pray too for the forgiveness of those who perpetrated these crimes and sins. And please pray for the Church, that she may find the right ways forward to ensure these things do not happen again.




A New Book 

The CTS have just produced an excellent new book, which I saw for the first time this last weekend at Adoremus. It’s called Book of Eucharistic Devotions and will be of particular interest to clergy. It is like an updated version of the old Manual of Prayers, a battered copy of which can be found in many sacristies and which is deployed for Benediction. This book contains all the traditional prayers associated with Exposition and Benediction such as the Prayer for England, together with many more recent litanies and prayers, such as the Litany of the Eucharist, as well as a selection of Scripture readings and psalms. It also includes all the rubrics for Exposition, such as when it follows Mass or when there is to be an extended period of Adoration. It is of high quality and the same size as the recent Order of Celebrating Matrimony. No doubt a copy can be obtained from the usual book sellers or direct from the CTS itself. Well done CTS!




A New Parish

On 8 September 2018, the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I established a new ‘personal parish’ in Reading, under the patronage of St John Fisher, for those attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, often known as the Traditional Latin Mass. The Parish is served by priests of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP), a clerical Society of Apostolic Life founded by Pope St John Paul II in 1988, which has ministered in Reading for the past seventeen years. The new parish is located at St William of York Church, Reading. I am keen that in the Diocese of Portsmouth everyone has the opportunity to experience and participate in the full range of the Roman Liturgy to nourish their spiritual life and discipleship. I am very grateful to the FSSP for their presence, prayer and ministry in Reading. By establishing them as a Personal Parish, I hope and pray that the Lord will give their mission new energy and vitality in bringing many more people closer to Jesus Christ through His Church.


The FSSP’s Superior General, Fr Andrzej Komorowski, noted that this is the first such parish in the UK and only the FSSP’s fourth in Europe. The Parish’s first Parish Priest is Fr Matthew Goddard, who said: “The establishment of this Parish affirms the legitimacy, vitality and stability of our Church community. It places us in a stronger position to serve the faithful of the Diocese, together with other parishes of the area and their priests, with whom we have collaborated over the years. Furthermore, it demonstrates the Diocese of Portsmouth’s pastoral care for those who wish to attend Mass according to the 1962 edition of the Roman Missal”.


You can read the press release about it here. The photo shows the members of the parish after the announcement. Click on it to see the complete group.



Happy Anniversary to St. Gregory’s Alresford

This week, St. Gregory’s church in Alresford, part of the parish of St. peter and the Winchester Martyrs, Winchester, is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. Congratulations, prayers and best wishes to clergy and faithful! In my Pastoral Message, I said this:


We give thanks to God on the fiftieth anniversary of this fine church in honour of St Gregory. We thank God too for the clergy, religious and parishioners, past and present, who built this church, who have served here and who have built up the Catholic community in Alresford. I remember with affection the Pastoral Visitation of the parish of St. Peter and the Winchester Martyrs back in 2014, during which I celebrated Mass in St. Gregory’s.


St. Gregory the Great (d. 604) is an outstanding patron saint for the Eucharistic community of Alresford. As a reforming pope and pastor, there is much to learn from him. Amidst the upheavals of the times, he was a true sentinel, a watchman on the lookout for the flock, alerting them to the dangers and to the opportunities presented by the culture of his day. As disciples of Christ, called to the work of new evangelisation, it is our task today to take note of developments in contemporary culture and especially to look to new ways of proclaiming the Gospel of Christ and the coming of God’s Kingdom. Our parishes are never ends in themselves. They exist to serve the needs of those around, especially those without faith and hope, and those who are poor or on the margins. On this anniversary, then, as we thank God for this church, let us also ask His blessing. May the prayers of St. Gregory help us in bringing people closer to Jesus Christ through His Church.


 Catenians support our schools

Portsmouth Catenians have had established links with two Secondary Schools - St Edmund's in Portsmouth and Oaklands in Waterlooville, as well as Portsmouth University Chaplaincy for the last few years. Brothers contribute from time to time throughout each year to a ring-fenced Youth Fund. They have provided funding for students to attend the annual nation-wide ‘Flame’ Youth Gathering for the past 2 years.


St Edmund’s School now presents the ‘Catenian Kindness Badge’ on an annual basis to deserving students. This initiative was developed jointly by the School Lay Chaplain Fiona Jackson, and the Circle. The badges are funded by Portsmouth Catenians. Several brothers assisted earlier this year at a ‘Careers Day in St Edmund’s.


Oaklands School has Links with St John’s Secondary School in Nairobi. This is organised through Mugeni Sumba who is second in the RE department. We have made an annual donation to this cause. Both Oaklands and St Edmund’s took part in the Catenian Public Speaking Competition during the last school year.


They  have also been able to assist Angela O’Donohue, the Catholic Chaplain at Portsmouth University, with funding for several student activities, the most recent donation being a contribution to assist students to attend a retreat at Worth Abbey in the near future.


Most recently the Circle provided a shield carrying the Catenian logo ‘Friendship in Faith’ to assist CAFOD with a Catholic Primary Schools Public Speaking Competition for the Portsmouth area held in July this year. The competition was organised by Rosemary Peacock of CAFOD and the shield was won by St Paul’s School in Paulsgrove, Portsmouth. Amongst the judges were Roger Lillee, the Catenian Provincial Director, Tony Tonks, President, Portsmouth Catenian Circle and Mugeni Sumba of Oaklands School.


You can find out more about Portsmouth Catenians here.



First ‘Bishop’s Summer BBQ’.  

Last Monday evening, I hosted a get-together for young men from across the Diocese.  Fr Phil Carroll, Bishop’s Secretary, was on barbecue duty and cooked up a tasty spread!


During a most enjoyable evening, Fr Phil and I shared our personal stories of when and how we first thought about becoming a Priest and our experience of that period of discernment.  It provided an opportunity for me to introduce Fr John Cooke, the newly appointed Diocesan Vocations Promoter and Fr Gerard Flynn, our Diocesan Vocations Director. Fr John explained that, following his forthcoming parish move to Fareham & Portchester, he would be hosting monthly Friday gatherings for those who have a sense that God is calling them and who wish to carve out the time and to pray about and to purposefully discern that call.  The evenings will provide an opportunity for a time of fellowship, prayer & reflection - with hospitality and, as always, there will be ‘no such thing as a silly question’!  Why not get in touch and come and see…


If you’d like information on these evenings, please contact him via jcooke@porstmouthdiocese.org.uk or contact the Vocations Promotion Assistant, Mrs Clare Ryan, on cryan@portsmouthdiocese.org.ukPerhaps you know of someone in your parish, your family, your college who may be interested – let them know and do watch this space for future details! 



Monsignor Nicholas France retires after 19 years in Jersey 

The Catholic Dean of Jersey lead his last Mass at Fort Regent in Jersey before retiring after 19 years leading the Catholic Church in Jersey and 50 years after being ordained a priest. The Thanksgiving Mass was attended by over 1500 parishioners and Jurat Paul Nicolle, Lieutenant Bailiff presented Mgr France with a cheque and photobook of his recent Golden Jubilee Celebrations.  A reception followed in the Queen's Hall where so many were able to give their personal and fond farewells to Fr Nicholas. 


Mgr France's retirement was celebrated over the last week with a vin d'honneur hosted by the Bailiff, Sir William Bailhache and was attended by other Church Leaders and States Members.  Sir William presented Mgr France with the Bailiff's Silver Medal in recognition of his significant contribution to the Island as its Catholic Dean (see picture). The following day St Helier Constable Simon Crowcroft hosted a dinner at the Town Hall, with entertainment provided by Portuguese dancers and singers.


There is no doubt that Monsignor Nicholas France will be greatly missed and he is wished every happiness in what is hoped will be a fulfilling retirement.


You can read Fr Nicholas' farewell homily here.



Bishop Philip's Engagements          

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


Sunday 16th September 

Parish Visitation to Tilehurst



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 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


Monday 17th September

St Hildegard of Bingen, Religious, Doctor of the Church, optional memorial

or: St Robert Bellarmine, Religious, Bishop, Doctor of the Church, optional memorial

or: Feria [24th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parishes, Communities & Schools in the Reading Pastoral Area 


Tuesday 18th September

Feria [24th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Franciscans in the Diocese; Secular Franciscan Order;

Society of Franciscan Pilgrims 


Wednesday 19th September 

St Januarius, Bishop, Martyr, optional memorial

or: St Theodore of Canterbury, Bishop, optional memorial

or: Feria [24th Week in Ordinary Time] 

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Thomas of Canterbury, Newport (dedicated 20.9.1992) 


Thursday 20th September 

St Andrew Kim Taegon, Priest, St Paul Chong Hasang & Companions, Martyrs

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Matthew, Coin Varin, Jersey 


Friday 21st September

ST MATTHEW, Apostle, Evangelist, feast

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Joseph, Aldershot (dedicated 22.9.1982) 


Saturday 22nd September

Our Lady on Saturday

or: Feria [24th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Peter & the Winchester Martyrs, Winchester

(consecrated 22.9.1938) 


Sunday 23rd September 


National Prayer Cycle: Thanksgiving for the Harvest

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Joseph, Southampton (consecrated 23.9.1911); Community of St. Elizabeth, Cookham 


Forthcoming Events           

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


Saturday 22nd September 

Alton Day of Renewal

Alton Convent School

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

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 Edmund's 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 £9.00 per hour.


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


Closing date for applications:  Friday 21st September 

Interviews will be held on:  Wednesday 26th September 



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.


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

I would like to encourage all readers to send in items for the e-News about events in parishes, pastoral areas and schools about the many sacramental celebrations and general good news about people in the diocese.


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


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


Please e-mail all news items by Friday for consideration for the following week's issue to: executiveassistant@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk 


Please send news as plain text and images as attachments rather than embedded in a document.


If you have a Parish or Diocesan event to advertise, please complete this form.



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Don't forget you can keep in touch with what's going on in and around the diocese in between issues of e-News by following us on Social Media.


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


Bishop of Portsmouth


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