Portsmouth Diocese e-News

Tuesday 30th October 2018 - Issue 203 (2018/38)


Dear Friends,

This is a beautiful week of the Church’s year with All Saints Day on Thursday and All Souls Day on Friday. Then, in our Diocese, this coming Sunday is Bamenda Sunday when I will be saying the 10.00 Mass in the Cathedral here and unveiling a special plaque afterwards to commemorate Archbishop Cornelius’s 35th anniversary as a bishop. What a long time that is! Congratulations to him and all our prayers. Bishop Michael Bibi has sent us a short video message (see below) for the occasion. Let us pray earnestly for the clergy and people of our sister Diocese and for a good solution in Cameroon. Meanwhile, thanks again to Deacon Craig for all his good work pulling things together for this e-News. If you have any news to share from your parish, please send it in. God bless you all.






This Thursday is All Saints Day  

Don’t forget - this Thursday, 1st November, is All Saints Day. It’s a holy day of obligation and I’ll be saying the 7.30pm evening Mass here in the Cathedral. The other day I came across a short video from the American Catholic website “Catholic Online” that gives a brief explanation of the day’s feast: click on the picture - a painting by William Congdon, one of my favourite artists, shewing heaven and earth joined in the Holy Eucharist  - to watch it.  
Here’s the prayer for the day from the Roman Missal: 
Almighty ever-living God, by whose gift we venerate in one celebration the merits of all the Saints, bestow on us, we pray, through the prayers of so many intercessors, an abundance of the reconciliation with you for which we earnestly long. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.




This Sunday is Bamenda Sunday

Bishop Michael Bibi, Auxiliary Bishop of our twin diocese of Bamenda has sent a video message to us for Bamenda Sunday which we celebrate each year on the first Sunday in November. You can watch it here. Pictured is Bishop Michael with me when he visited for Bamenda Sunday last year.


In 1974 the dioceses of Bamenda and Portsmouth were formally twinned. Bamenda is the capital of North West Province in Cameroon, West Africa. In 1970 the Bamenda Diocese had been created and Paul Verdzekov appointed as the first bishop. Later the diocese of Kumbo was split from Bamenda and Cornelius Esua appointed its bishop. In January 2006 Archbishop Paul retired to be replaced by Archbishop Cornelius who today is assisted by Bishop Michael Bibi. Back in 1974 the first missionaries from Portsmouth went out to Bamenda to spread the Gospel. Today that situation is now reversed, this autumn we have three priests from Bamenda Diocese ministering in our Diocese of Portsmouth and hopes and prayers that two more will be awarded the appropriate documentation to join us in 2018.


On Sunday, I shall celebrate the 10am Mass in the Cathedral and then bless and unveil a new plaque in the Bamenda Room.




"The Law of Love" - Scott Hahn on 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Love is only law we are to live by. And love is the fulfilment of the Law that God reveals through Moses in Sunday’s First Reading. The unity of God—the truth that He is one God, Father, Son, and Spirit—means that we must love Him with one love, a love that serves Him with all our hearts and minds, souls and strength. We love Him because He has loved us first. We love our neighbour because we can’t love the God we haven’t seen unless we love those made in His image and likeness, whom we have seen. And we are called imitate the love that Christ showed us in laying His life down on the cross. As we hear in the Second Reading, by His perfect sacrifice on the cross, He once and for all makes it possible for us to approach God. There is no greater love than to lay down your life. This is perhaps why Jesus tells the scribe in today’s Gospel that he is not far from the kingdom of God. The scribe recognises that the burnt offerings and sacrifices of the old Law were meant to teach Israel that it is love that He desires. The animals offered in sacrifice were symbols of the self-sacrifice, the total gift of our selves that God truly desires. We are called today to examine our hearts. Do we have other loves that get in the way of our love for God? Do we love others as Jesus has loved us? Do we love our enemies and pray for those who oppose and persecute us? Let us tell the Lord we love Him, as we do in the Psalm. And let us take His Word to heart, that we might prosper and have life eternal in His kingdom, the heavenly homeland flowing with milk and honey.


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



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

“How can love be commanded?” (Mark 12:28-34) 
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

This Sunday, one of the scribes asks Jesus about the greatest commandment. Jesus answers that the greatest commandment is the double commandment to love God and to love our neighbour.


How can love be commanded? What sort of commandment can this be? In Deus Caritas Est, Pope Benedict told us that “The 'commandment' of love is only possible because it is more than a requirement. Love can be 'commanded' because it has first been given.” As Jesus, in chapter 12 of Mark, is about to suffer his Passion and death, and rise again, we will ponder together on the meaning of love.


We’ll reflect on:

Faith: How can I receive the love that God gives me?

Hope: Is it possible to choose to love when I have so many good reasons not to, and when I certainly don’t feel like it?

Love: What do we mean by love? Where can we see authentic love?


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



November Prayer for the Dead

In November, please pray each day for the holy souls in Purgatory, that is, our relatives, friends and benefactors who have died, and those with no one to remember or pray for them. This Friday, 2nd November, is All Souls Day so do try, if you can, to get to Mass. During November, many of our priests will be visiting cemeteries to bless graves and to pray for the dead: keep an eye open for notices in your parish newsletter. There may also be special memorial Masses and other liturgies, particularly for the bereaved, in your parish too. Finally, remember that it’s possible between 1st and 8th November to gain a plenary indulgence (one per day) applicable to the dead by visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead. To gain this, you must be in a state of grace, have no attachment whatever to sin even venial, go to Confession and receive Holy Communion within a few days of the work, and say prayers for the Pope’s intentions (e.g. Our Father and Hail Mary). 

I’m always amazed by how few people know the traditional prayers for the dead so here they are. Please check that your children know them too:

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they + rest in peace. Amen.

May the souls of the faithful departed, through + the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. 



The Advent Wreath

We’re now only a few weeks away from Advent and I wanted to suggest you make for your home an Advent wreath. The origins of the Advent wreath are German and Lutheran but in recent times Catholics, too, have adopted them as a way of marking mark the progression of Advent to the Nativity. The wreath is formed of evergreens (yew or fir or laurel) and is either suspended from the ceiling or placed on a table. Fastened to it are four candles standing upright, at equal distances, representing the four weeks of Advent. Ideally, at a set time,  the family gathers for a prayer and each Sunday of Advent one more candle is lit, until all four candles shed their cheerful light to announce the forthcoming birthday of the Lord. The symbolism is a reminder of the Old Testament, when humanity was "sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death" (Luke 2:79); when the prophets, illumined by God, announced the Redeemer; and when the hearts of all burned with desire for the Messiah. It is common to use three violet candles and one rose, symbolizing the respective liturgical colours of the four Sundays of Advent, though in Germany, red candles are used.



Jennifer Geach reflects...

We are battered nowadays by the idea that truth is relative, that it depends on your point of view, that ‘my truth’ may differ from ‘your truth’: but that both are equally valid. In this storm, Christians must cleave to Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life: apart from him, we can do nothing, nor can our judgements be otherwise than distorted.  Moreover, there must be a firm resistance to the idea that truth is relative: the idea that two diametrically opposing views can both be true, and that truth is a purely subjective matter. It is clear that when it ‘really matters’ no one takes this subjectivist  position seriously.  When we are building a bridge, or just taking our first steps in arithmetic, we know that our opinions are either in accord with what is the case, or not.  Pi is the relationship between the radius and the circumference of the circle: the strains and stresses on a bridge are not open to argument or discussion. Either the bridge will stand, or it will fall. 


Read the full reflection here



My Brother Pier Giorgio: His Faith

The picture shews Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati climbing a mountain - with his comb in his hair! Meanwhile, here we have another couple of testimonies about him from fellow climbers.


Antonio Valetto:

We went to the mountains together and I remember when he crossed over from Mombarone to Monte Mars with the late Father Enrico Bonino and other members of our Club ‘Elvina’ from Sordevolo.  There were more than twenty of us, and every time we stopped, Pier Giorgio gave us his little speeches very enthusiastically, comparing our climb in the mountains to our spiritual ascent in our faith in Christ.   Even Father Bonino was amazed.  He said that he, a priest, hadn’t thought of saying such sublime things to us.  Pier Giorgio said, “The higher we climb, the better we’ll hear the voice of Christ!”


Nerina Zampieri, teacher:

He was our alarm clock for morning Mass.  If anyone asked him to wake them up, he didn’t allow them to breathe.  He knew that it was tempting to stay in bed, and so he helped us overcome the temptation to sleep in.  As for the others, he was satisfied that they knew the Mass schedule, and that they would get up when he woke them quietly.  No one complained because – I repeat – Pier Giorgio’s enthusiasm swayed them.  If anyone did dare to criticize him, it was only because they were amazed that such an exuberant young man, so physically and socially gifted, was faithful to his conscience.



In the light of evolutionary psychology, can humans have free will?

What are the implications of evolution on our patterns of thinking and perception? And how do they impact free will? What patterns of behaviour are adaptations from our evolutionary past? And to what extent do recent discoveries and recent research in biology determine our choices?


This is just one of the workshops in our big diocesan Symposium – and there are now only a dozen places left! The Symposium, called “Science - or - Religion?” takes place this Saturday 3rd November 2018, 10 am – 4 pm in The Discovery Centre in Winchester (opposite St. Peter’s church). There are two keynote speakers: Professor Alister McGrath, Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, and Dr. Andrew Pinsent from the 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.


For more, click here.



Everyone invited on 21st November

21st November is the Memorial of the Presentation of Mary. This event is not recounted in the New Testament but appears in the apocryphal narrative of James (and other writings). Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anne, brought her to the Temple to be educated. This day is special to Presentation Sisters (pbvm) and Brothers world-wide.


The Presentation Sisters were founded by an Irish woman, Nano Nagle who was born 300 years ago in Cork, Ireland, during the Penal Times. Nano Nagle was from a wealthy Catholic family.  After seeing the poverty and lack of education for the Catholic families she aswered the call from God and set up schools and nursed the sick. Without regard to personal risk and hardship she eventually began an order of nuns – first known as the Society of Charitable Instruction of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – this was changed to Presentation Sisters in 1791. The Congregation is worldwide having spread from the various convents established in Ireland. Everyone is welcome on 21st November to Mass at 12 noon in St Mary’s (Parish of The Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary), Ryde, I.O.W., followed by refreshments in Presentation House.


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Christmas at Sea

A day for everyone in the diocese, to prepare for Christmas by hearing and doing the Word of God. Will be held on Saturday 24th November, 10am - 3pm at St Peter's,  Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8RY.


We’ll hear the Word of God in the morning through a Bible Study – ‘Sailing through the Bible’ – looking at Jesus, the Word made flesh and at the place of the sea in the Bible. We’ll do the Word of God in the afternoon by buying simple Christmas presents for seafarers who will be spending Christmas on ships, far from their family and countries, sometimes in dire circumstances. We’ll wrap these presents and include Bible quotations in the presents, which we’ll hand over to CARITAS for them to deliver to seafarers before Christmas. Everyone is welcome to join us for this wonderful opportunity to turn to God and to others as we are about to embark on Advent. Bring a packed lunch and a Bible.


Further details here.


DR19 UK - Divine Renovation Conference

This unmissable two-day event will be taking place on 7-8 February 2019 at Bethel Convention Centre, Birmingham. The conference will feature Fr James Mallon (author of Divine Renovation: Bringing your parish from Maintenance to Mission) along with at least one other team member from Halifax. Parishes in the UK who are being coached in the Divine Renovation Network will also share their stories - successes and struggles - in adopting this model for parish renewal. 

The conference runs from 9:30am - 9pm on Thursday 7th February, and from 9am - 5:30pm on Friday 8th February. The programme will include keynotes, breakout sessions, daily Mass, times of prayer and worship, networking.

For those who are new to Divine Renovation - this conference will be an experience of immersion for those who have read Fr James Mallon’s book and want to understand more deeply what it involves and see what it looks like in practice in the UK. 

For those who want to begin but don’t know where to start - one stream of breakouts specifically focuses on steps parishes tend to take in year 1. The conference will equip you with a clear strategy for getting going when you get home. 

For those already one year or more into using Divine Renovation principles - a second stream of breakouts focuses on the roadblocks we can often hit - especially around leading out of a team, communicating vision, and transforming culture. Be encouraged and equipped.

For more information, including accommodation options and to book, please go to www.divinerenovationuk.org  



My name is MERCY

A couple of parishioners wrote in to e-News recently to say how concerned they were that many times they see fellow parishioners entering their pews and sitting down without genuflecting, immediately looking at their mobiles to see if there are any interesting messages but forgetting to kneel to thank our Lord for all that they should be grateful for. Eucharistic Adoration should begin – they added - with the Real Presence in every tabernacle i.e. the Blessed Sacrament should not have to be exposed for Catholics to appreciate what is in front of them as they enter any church.  They then offered this prayer: 

I was thinking of you while I was Sweating Blood in the Garden of Gethsemane.

I was thinking of you while I was being Tortured in the Underground Prison.

I was thinking of you while they were Beating & Spitting on MY Bloodied Face.

I was thinking of you while they were Scourging ME at the Pillar.

I was thinking of you while they were Crowning ME with Thorns & Humiliating ME.

I was thinking of you when I was setting out for MY Unselfish Self-Sacrifice on Calvary.

I was thinking of you while I was Carrying MY Cross to Calvary.

I was thinking of you while they were Nailing ME to the Cross.

I was thinking of you while I was looking down & to see all of the Hurt & Anguish of MY Holy Mother at the Foot of the Cross.

It was for your sake that I allowed them to open MY Heart & Side with a lance releasing an Ocean of MERCY into the world.

Now I think of you while I wait patiently for you to visit ME, The Prisoner of Love, in every Tabernacle

and I have been waiting for you for over 2000 years for this one moment, in order to dispense MERCY, LOVE & GRACES to you in abundance. 

In your MERCY, please think of ME alone & unloved as The Prisoner of Love.



Book Recommendation

I’ve just finished Scott Hahn’s latest book “The Fourth Cup. Unveiling the Mystery of the Last Supper and the Cross” (New York, Image: 2018). I can thoroughly recommend it. Scott Hahn is not only a biblical scholar, incredibly knowledgeable about the biblical text, but a biblical theologian, someone able to place the great themes of Scripture into the overall picture. In this book, a follow-on from his “The Lamb’s Supper,” he explores the rituals of the Passover and how Jesus, the true Lamb, fulfilled them. The Fourth Cup is a bit of a detective story about what Jesus meant when on the Cross He exclaimed: “It is finished.” What is “it”? What does He mean? Hahn joins up lots of clues, revealing how the traditional fourth cup of wine at the Passover supper explains Christ’s Paschal sacrifice. I especially appreciated his explanation of how the Last Supper transformed God’s Friday from an execution to a sacrifice and how Easter Sunday transformed the sacrifice into a sacrament for all. The Fourth Cup would make a great Christmas gift for yourself or for a loved one. 


Support across the Diocese for Liturgy of the Word with Children

At the Catechist's Day on Saturday, Paul O'Beirne, the new lead for supporting Liturgy of the Word with Children (CLOW) across the diocese, and Mike Keogh, another team member, led workshops for the 20 leaders of Children's Liturgy.  The workshops looked at the question "What would make a great CLOW session?"  The inspiration of the leaders is here.  Many resources were on display including children's lectionaries, leaders books, web resources, banners, a mini-ordo for year C, model risk assessment and others.  You can access the mini-ordo here.  These will soon be available on a new CLOW resource web page on the diocesan website.
All leaders of Liturgy of the Word with Children, who are on the database were emailed last week with this resource.  If the CLOW leader in your parish has not received an email from Paul O'Beirne, but would like to be in touch for support, resources and sharing ideas, please contact him. Also, a workshop specifically for supporting Children's Liturgy Leaders is being planned for the spring. For any specific requests, then or immediately, please contact Paul O'Beirne.


The World is Changing – How about Us?

Maureen Thompson writes...


Each year for the last 40 years the last week in October has been highlighted as an opportunity to promote peace through friendship and justice through global understanding by supporting One World Week. 


This year One World Week have encouraged us to think about this by getting together and reflecting on what has changed over the last 40 years and what this means for us.  At Ss Thomas Church in Emsworth we took the opportunity to start our Caritas Supper Club, with a sociable simple meal and a speaker. We were delighted to welcome Ellen Teague, journalist and writer with the Columban missionaries to speak to us (click on the image for a full version). The talk motivated us to think more about personal changes and renew our commitments in our own lives to recycle, reduce and reuse but also and how to seek further ways to grow as a Church community to lighten our footprint and share more. You can read more here.



Day of Prayer celebrated in Guernsey

Although living on a small island in the channel, staff at  St Mary & St Michael Catholic Primary School, St Sampson in Guernsey were unable to transport their children from the north of the island to Mass in St Peter Port in order to join the parish in prayer on last week's Diocesan Day of Prayer and Reparation for Life. Instead, their classes joined in with prayer form a distance at school at the same time as Mass was being celebrated.  They thanked God that we were alive, healthy, happy and learning together in the footsteps of Christ.

Here's the Collect from the Mass for Progress of Peoples which was offered that day: 

O God, who gave one origin to all peoples and willed to gather from them

one family for yourself, 

fill all hearts, we pray, with the fire of your love 

and kindle in them a desire for the just advancement of their neighbour 

that, through the good things which you richly bestow upon all, 

each human person may be brought to perfection, 

every division may be removed

and equity and justice may be established in human society. 

Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, 

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



First Holy Communions in Alderney 

Earlier this summer Ayla and Mia made their First Holy Communion at the Catholic Church of St Anne and St Mary Magdalen. It was a joyful day attended by many family and friends. Their parents are extremely proud of them for the time and effort they put into preparing to receive the Body and Blood of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Shona, Aaron, Annabelle and Mike would like to thank the catechists Helen Arkwright and Sister Maria Bernarda for their hard work and time and also to the parish for their support and prayers.


Please pray for all the children across the diocese who are now preparing to make their First Holy Communion, that great gift given to us by Jesus Himself, in the coming year and for their families, parishes and catechists.







All change at Faringdon

This weekend is - sadly - the last weekend that Fr Paul Rowe OP will be serving in Blessed Hugh Faringdon Church in Faringdon and Sacred Heart Lambourne. Fr Paul, an Australian Dominican, has been acting as assistant priest to Canon Peter Turbitt in the North Downs Pastoral Area which besides Faringdon and Lambourne also comprises Our Lady of Lourdes, Hungerford and St John Vianney, Wantage. Fr Paul is a student at Oxford University, living at Blackfriars, where he is completing his doctorate. His provincial now wishes him to give himself full time to his studies. Everyone in North Downs is going to miss him! We are full of gratitude for all he has given these last two years there and we promise him our prayers as he completes his writing up. Meanwhile, I have asked Fr Robert Stewart, assistant priest in Abingdon, to step into the breach until next summer and I ask everyone up there in those Northern territories of our Diocese to give him a warm welcome. I hope next summer we can reorganise and even enhance the provision of clergy in the North Downs PA - please pray earnestly to the Lord for this important intention that can assist the mission of the Church in those parts.



Praying for our Seminarians - James Lewis

The Vocations Promotion Team would like to invite you to keep one of our Seminarians close in prayer each month. They need our support. We must not underestimate the impact of their witness and example on others who may be exploring their own vocation. The Seminarian to keep in your prayers this coming month is James Lewis. James is in this third year of Formation and is currently on a year long pastoral placement at St Peter’s Parish, Winchester. He has special links to the Parishes of Our Lady of Lourdes, New Milton; St Joseph’s, Christchurch and Our Lady Queen of Peace, Southbourne.


James writes: “These last two years, I have been studying at Allen Hall Seminary, in Chelsea. As you will see from my photograph, I did not come straight from University into Seminary. For most of my adult life, I have been involved in Education, teaching at both primary & secondary level. Before entering seminary, I founded and coordinated Dorset Table Tennis Centre and spent a great deal of my time me sharing my passion for table tennis with others, near where I lived in Christchurch. Though content, I still found a certain restlessness in my heart, feeling I was still to find the specific place and vocation God had chosen for me. At this time, I was inspired by Pope Francis’ image of priesthood and his wonderful Encyclical ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ reminding me that ‘God never tires of forgiving us, we are the ones who re of seeking his mercy.’ This seeking of his mercy, I did more consciously in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I returned to daily Mass and started to set aside, through grace not my efforts, a larger me for prayer each day. This led me to ask God a direct and scary question, ‘What is it God you have created me for?’ A greater openness of heart led me to seriously explore the possibility of diocesan priesthood or religious life. After numerous helpful visits to Fr Gerard, the Vocation Director, and encouragement from Bishop Philip, I accepted this discernment process and entered seminary. Though challenging at mes, I can honestly say I have really enjoyed these last two years, living with other men desiring to seek God’s will for their lives. I even had the opportunity to visit Kenya this Summer which was an amazing experience!”




I’m now back from my week long retreat in Loretto, just outside Vienna, with the Oblates of Mary the Virgin. I was staying in their monastery and undertaking the Ignatian Exercises under the excellent Fr. Tom Kleinschmidt. The monastery was built in the 17C when the holder of the Hornstein Estate, Hans Rudolf von Stotzingen, brought with him from Italy a replica of the statue of Our Lady of Loretto and installed it in a Holy House within a newly constructed Basilica. This sparked an influx of pilgrims to Loretto and to this day the baroque church of the Immaculate Conception is a centre of pilgrimage. 

I was really grateful to have the opportunity to do this retreat. Every priest is obliged to do a retreat every year and it’s a crucially important opportunity to reconnect with the Lord, recharging the spiritual batteries. The Ignatian Exercises are demanding, with at least four hours of meditation a day, plus Mass, the Divine Office and all the usual prayers and devotions. In addition, retreatants meet each day with their spiritual director to examine progress made. I’m not sure I’d want to undertake them every year, but it was a great grace this time round. Thank you for all your support and prayers too. 




Last week, before going off on retreat, I had a remarkable reunion with school friends I’d not seen for 40 years. I must say, I was a bit wary about it as I wondered what we were all going to say to each other, but it turned out to be great fun. So here we all are in Portsmouth, looking a bit longer in the tooth than once we did. I’m the old one at the end in the middle, surrounded by Andy, John and John on my right, and Mike, John, Dave and Pete on my left. We all went to St Ambrose College in Altrincham run by the Irish Christian Brothers. It’s fashionable in some quarters to be critical of one’s school but I think I can say we’re all really grateful to St Ambrose for what it gave us, not least the offer of Faith. What’s more, I’m amazed how important some of these great friends have become - lads with whom I used to hang about, go on hikes, tour the pubs etc. To give you an idea: a solicitor, a group finance director, an agricultural scientist, a hospital CEO, a clinical psychologist, a property magnate and a chief career consultant! I hope and pray we can all meet again soon.
Here’s something from St Aelred of Rievaulx and his treatise on spiritual friendship: “No medicine is more valuable, none more efficacious, none better suited to the cure of all our temporal ills than a friend to whom we may turn for consolation in time of trouble, and with whom we may share our happiness in time of joy.”


Bishop Philip's Engagements           

Monday 29th October 
Various Meetings, Bishop's House


Tuesday 30th October 

Meeting with Newly Ordained Priests, St Dominic's Priory, Sway


Thursday 1st November

Various Meetings, Bishop's House


Friday 2nd November

Meeting with Schools and Academies Department, Bishop's House

Meeting with Safeguarding Co-ordinator, Bishop's House

Meeting with Director of Communications, Bishop's House


Saturday 3rd November

Science or Religion Symposium, Winchester


Sunday 4th November

Bamenda Sunday Mass and unveiling of commemorative plaque, St John's Cathedral



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 28th October


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


Monday 29th October

Feria [30th Week in Ordinary Time]

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


Tuesday 30th October

Feria [30th Week in Ordinary Time]

Winchester: Blessed Winchester Martyrs, feast [Diocesan Supplement]

All other Hampshire parishes: Blessed Winchester Martyrs, memorial [Diocesan Supplement] Diocesan Prayer: Communities & Schools in the Solent Pastoral Area


Wednesday 31st October

Feria [30th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Organisers of ongoing formation for clergy


Thursday 1st November


Diocesan Prayer: To attain the company of the saints


Friday 2nd November


Diocesan Prayer: Faithful departed of the Diocese


Saturday 3rd November

St Martin de Porres, Religious, optional memorial

or: St Winefride, Religious, optional memorial

or: Our Lady on Saturday

or: Feria [30th Week in Ordinary Time] 

Andover: Blessed John Body, Martyr, feast [Diocesan Supplement].

All other Hampshire parishes: Blessed John Body, Martyr, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Companions of St Martin de Porres 


Sunday 4th November


Diocesan Prayer: Our twinned Diocese of Bamenda & the Bamenda Committee


Forthcoming Events               

Saturday 3rd November 

Science - or - Religion: A Symposium

Winchester Discovery Centre

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Monday 5th November

Winchester Catholic History Group

St Philip Neri - Apostle of Rome

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Monday 5th - Friday 9th November

Year 6 Experience Days and Interviews
Our Lady's Abingdon

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Tuesday 6th November 

Mass for Deceased Clergy

St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth, 12.15pm


Wednesday 7th November

Thomas Corbishley Memorial Lecture: "Faith in Europe? - Remembering the Future" 

Europe House, 32 Smith Square London SW1P 3EU

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Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th November

Be still and know - Franciscan Retreat

Park Place Pastoral Centre, Wickham

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Saturday 24th November 

Christmas at Sea - Hearing the Word of God

St Peter's Winchester, Jewry Street, SO23 8RY

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Saturday 24th November 

Thanksgiving Mass for the Canonisation of St Oscar Romero

St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth, 2pm

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Saturday 24th November 

Archconfraternity of St Stephen
Mass for Deceased Members and Annual General Meeting

St Mary and St Joseph Poplar, London E14 6EP

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Saturday 24th November 

The Newman Colloquium

My Life, His Work: Fr Jeremy Reflects...

Ss Gregory and Augustine, Oxford, OX2 7NS

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Saturday 24th November 

Organ Recital by International Organist Anthony Matthews

Sacred Heart Church, Bournemouth

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Sunday 25th November

Youth Sunday with Bishop Philip

St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth

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Sunday 23rd December

"The Magi are in a Muddle"

St Edward the Confessor, Chandlers Ford

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Job Vacancies

Director Of Music- The Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Ryde, Isle of Wight

The Parish is seeking to appoint an experienced musician with vision and enthusiasm to undertake this challenging role based at St Mary’s RC Church, Ryde. The initial task for the successful candidate will be to understand and assess the requirements, the practicalities and the challenges that exist within the parish through discussion with all those currently involved within the music ministry. A priority will be to review the music arrangements for the 1800 Saturday Vigil and 1100 Sunday Mass at St Mary’s, Ryde.


Annual salary £7,500 per annum (£10.29 per hour). 14 hours per week to be worked flexibly each week which will include Sunday (morning/afternoon). Flexibility is also required to cover the major Liturgical Feasts and Celebrations.The post is subject to a DBS check (formerly CRB).


Interviews will be held in Ryde on Friday 23rdNovember.


More information and application form can be found here.



Parish Secretary/Administrator - St Theresa Totton and Our Lady, Lyndhurst

St Theresa and Lyndhurst Parish wishes to appoint a Parish Secretary/Administrator to work in the Parish Office for 4 hours per week initially 9.00am – 1.00pm every Thursday.


The role will be to facilitate the smooth running of the Parish Office and to provide secretarial support to Father Gerry. Applicants should be diligent and reliable and able to work unsupervised to deliver a high standard of administrative and secretarial support. A working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Publisher are essential.


Closing date:  12 noon on Tuesday 13th November 2018

Interviews will be held on: Friday 16th November 2018


For informal enquiries please contact the Parish Office on 023 8086 2270.


More information and application form can be found here.



St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Gosport

Headteacher (required for September 2019)


Salary: LDR28-LDR40 £54,925 - £63,640 (Full time, permanent)

Closing date for applications: Monday 26th November (12 Noon)


The Governors at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, wish to appoint an inspirational, enthusiastic and forward thinking headteacher, to lead us in the next stage of our school development. Following a period of interim leadership, we are looking for someone to provide stability and build on the improvement work that is underway. We believe this post presents an excellent opportunity for the right individual to make a difference to our school community.


We are looking for someone who:

 Is a practicing Catholic, with a clear vision of excellence in primary education

• Can establish a clear strategic direction for the school and enhance provision over the long

• Has a proven track record of school improvement

• Has high expectations of pupil achievement and can support others in ensuring that each
   child reaches their  potential

• Can manage change and build on the school’s strengths


More information here.



Please pray for..

Archbishop Cornelius and the clergy and people of our twin diocese of Bamenda and for an end to the troubles there.


The repose of the souls of all who have died recently, for all those killed through acts of warfare, violence, terrorism and natural disaster. Requiescant in pace.


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.


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. 

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 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. 



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


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


Bishop of Portsmouth


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