Portsmouth Diocese e-News

Tuesday 20th November 2018 - Issue 205 (2018/40)


Dear Friends,

As we complete these last two weeks of the Church’s year, the Liturgy - like Nature in this end-period of autumn - reminds us of the Last Things, the Second Coming of Jesus and the future happiness of heaven. It’s a time when we should pray for ourselves and for a happy death - one in the sacramental care of Mother Church and with our family and friends around. Let’s pray too for perseverance in the practice of our Catholic Faith all the days of our life. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the latest news and thoughts from around the Diocese collected in this week’s e-News.


May God bless you with His love at this special time. 






Scott Hahn reflects on Christ the King

What’s the truth Jesus comes to bear witness to in this last Gospel of the Church’s year? It’s the truth that in Jesus, God keeps the promise He made to David of an everlasting kingdom, of an heir who would be His Son, “the first born, highest of the kings of the earth”. Today’s Second Reading, taken from the Book of Revelation, quotes these promises and celebrates Jesus as “the faithful witness.” The reading hearkens back to Isaiah’s prophecy that the Messiah would “witness to the peoples” that God is renewing His “everlasting covenant” with David. But as Jesus tells Pilate, there’s far more going on here than the restoration of a temporal monarchy. In the Revelation reading, Jesus calls Himself “the Alpha and the Omega,” the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. He’s applying to Himself a description that God uses to describe Himself in the Old Testament—the first and the last, the One who calls forth all generations. “He has made the world,” today’s Psalm cries, and His dominion is over all creation. In the vision of Daniel we hear in today’s First Reading, He comes on “the clouds of heaven”—another sign of His divinity—to be given “glory and kingship” forever over all nations and peoples.


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



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

“The kingship of Truth” - Christ the King, Year B (John 18:33-37) 

To Pilate’s question about his identity as king, Jesus replies: “Yes, I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world for this: to bear witness to the truth…” The kingship of Jesus is that of a witness to the truth. He has come to restore all things in the light of truth, and invites all of us to submit to the truth of his love, revealed on the cross. This kingship of truth overcomes Satan, the father of lies, who reigns through deception and division. What is the connection between power and truth? In our webinar this week we’ll discover the kind of kingdom Jesus Christ has come to establish in truth and love.


We’ll reflect on:
Faith: our Faith in the truth revealed by God in Jesus Christ sets us free to act in charity  

Hope: By grace, we can hope for justice and act in Justice, which is a truthful way to relate to God, to each other, to ourselves and to creation.  

Love: God enables us, through the Holy Spirit, to act in love with courage. This is when we share in the kingship of Christ over sin and death, in our own life, and in our dealings with the world.   


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



Jennifer Geach reflects on the Eucharistic Fast...

In this fallen world of ours, it is hard to achieve a good without some unanticipated and unintended adverse side effect.  So the relaxation of the rules of fasting, (which even in my life time involved abstaining from food and drink for three hours before Mass, and in previous dispensations involved neither food nor water from midnight) had the benign intention that people should receive our Lord more frequently but may in the event have led to there being less opportunity.  For when a priest had to fast from midnight, he had a motive for saying his daily Mass early in the morning, so that he might break his fast.  Absent that motive, it is often the case that even where there is a daily mass, it is at a time when many workers cannot attend: even 7.30 am is too late for many people working in shops, and 9.00 or 10.00 is impracticable for any whose time is not at their own disposal.  It may be that parishes and communities should find out when people can get to Mass, so that our hard working priests may be deployed to the best advantage.


Read the full reflection here



My brother Pier Giorgio: His Faith

Marco Beltramo was Pier Giorgio’s best friend. Here is part of a commemorative speech he gave in 1955, thirty years after PG’s death. It is included in the draft English translation of the book by Luciana Frassati, sister of Blessed Pier Giorgio, My Brother Pier Giorgio: His Faith. I hope it will one day be published in English as it contains dozens and dozens of testimonies and personal memories of Pier Giorgio by those who met him or who knew him. Meanwhile, in the picture we see Pier Giorgio as a child, and Luciana his sister, in their father’s arms.


Thinking about Pier Giorgio thirty years after he left us, a question comes to mind:  what was the secret of his young life, cut short so prematurely, that it still seems relevant to so many young  people so long after his death?  What extraordinary deeds marked the life of this twenty-four year-old, so that young people today feel a pressing need to join together in his name, three decades after his death?


The extraordinary element that marked the life of Pier Giorgio Frassati was precisely the fact that there were no extraordinary deeds.  Pier Giorgio was a normal young man who lived a completely normal life, who followed a series of perfectly normal activities:  as a family member, student, and Catholic Action member.  He did what he had to do, simply, steadily, and faithfully.  And he continually adjusted his life to the divine will as it manifested itself in that precise moment. This was the secret of his holiness (and it is the same secret that marked the life of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus) and this is the sign of the heroism of the Christian who accepts Jesus’ message every day, every minute, and models his life on His example.


What, then, was so special about Pier Giorgio’s life that makes his example of virtue so powerful and relevant even today?  


To continue reading, click here.



Eucharistic Mission in Southampton this weekend

Over the weekend of the feast of Christ the King, Holy Family in Southampton will be hosting a Eucharistic Mission led by Father Gary Holmes of the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist. The mission will explore the importance of the Eucharist in our day to day lives as Catholic Christians, and provide an opportunity to deepen our love for Christ and His Church by learning more about the beauty of Eucharistic Adoration. Highlights will include the Solemn Mass at 10.30am on Sunday 25th November, and the special Eucharistic Mission Service at 6pm on the Sunday evening. All are welcome to join the parish for this. For more information please click on the image for a poster or contact the Parish Office. 
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.


Join us for St Oscar Romero Mass this Saturday

Following the canonisation of Archbishop Oscar Romero last month, I am happy to invite you to join me at the Cathedral this Saturday, 24th November at 2.00pm when I will celebrate a Thanksgiving Mass for his canonisation. The Mass will be followed by a keynote address in the Discovery Centre about the life and works of Saint Oscar Romero. The event is being organised by Matthew Quinn (Headteacher at Oaklands Catholic School and Sixth Form College) and Paul Quinn (Chair of the Oscar Romero Award (for Schools) Trust).


The Mass is an opportunity for us to thank God for the life and example of Saint Oscar Romero who is known as a modern saint who stood up for the oppressed and is still seen a voice for the voice less. His teaching and example have inspired us to start the Oscar Romero Award for Catholic Schools; an Award that will help schools think about their role as practitioners and promoters of Catholic social justice.



Confirmation 2019

We are already looking forward to celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation next Eastertime! Please note a new and updated leaflet that I hope will help everyone – clergy, catechists and candidates – prepare for the special day: see here. Dioceses vary as to when, where and how they celebrate Confirmation and there’s a lot of discussion about the right age and the right place. As the Shepherd of this Diocese, I have asked that Confirmations should normally take place once every two years for the parishes of each Pastoral Area and that the course lasts two years: one year leading up to the Sacrament and then a follow-on year (mystagogia) continuing the fun, formation and prayer, together with a simple work of charity and service, such as visiting a care home. This second year helps deepen the call to discipleship of Christ, by forming a peer support-group that can be linked into our diocesan youth programmes. We confer Confirmation at the Cathedral on the weekends of Eastertide. This is a great opportunity for the youngsters to get to know the mother church, the seat of the Bishop, to sense belonging not just to a parish but importantly to the Diocese of Portsmouth, thus strengthening the bonds of communion with the Bishop. This also places the Sacrament within the correct liturgical season around Pentecost. Parishes can then organise a ‘Going Forth Mass’ and celebration for the following weekend, with giving of certificates etc. to the newly confirmed. Finally, I ask that candidates choose as a Confirmation name a Saint from the current Roman Missal. This ensures that they have a Patron Saint they can readily relate to through an annual celebration with the rest of the diocesan community.



Global Healing

Click on the picture for a trailer leading into a free CaFE resource! Global Healing is a film-based event for parishes, groups and individuals. It will inform, challenge and equip people to engage with Pope Francis’s vital call to Care For Our Common Home. The Global Healing event begins with a shared meal followed by film clips including well-known experts, engaging testimonies and on-location filming from around the UK. There are times for discussion and prayer to help stir deeper ecological conversion and fresh practical responses. Follow on material is available to create a short course (ideal as an Advent Course. The film clips are available as free downloads although DVD copies can be inexpensively purchased if needed. There are also downloadable posters, fliers, newsletter inserts and leaders guides with numerous more info links for deeper reflection and action. As Pope Francis says, “living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience. All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation” Letter for the Establishment of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation)



Thoughts from Deacon Martin

As a recently-ordained permanent deacon, I am still experiencing a series of “firsts” in my ministry.  This week, I visited a parishioner, to pray for God’s blessing on her new home.  It was a privilege to be invited into her home, to sprinkle holy water on the house and on the family, and to share a meal with them afterwards.


For many of us, who have lived in the same place for many years, we may forget what a blessing our home is. But when we’ve been away (even if only after a day’s work), it’s good to arrive home and rest. It is a place of shelter from the weather, a source of security, and, for some of us, the place where those who are dearest to us live.  Sometimes we only appreciate these blessings when we no longer experience them.  So in this month of November, we continue to pray for those who once lived with us, but who have died, and have been called to be “away from the body, and at home with the Lord” (2 Cor 5:8).  And, as we approach winter, let us keep in our hearts and our prayers, the homeless, who, like Jesus, have “no place to lay their head” (Lk 9:58)  – and to take all opportunities to offer them comfort and help.


Read more here.



Foundation Governors

Catherine Hobbs, Director for Education writes………


Each term we hold a briefing session for the Foundation Governors of our Catholic schools.   Over the past 2 weeks 50 governors have attended sessions held in in each of our four partnership areas.   The briefing comprised of updates on changes in Education policy that they need to be aware of and updates and latest developments on initiatives from our Catholic Academy and Schools Office.  The sessions are always very interactive with governors sharing their expertise and knowledge with others.  This term’s briefing was preceded by a training session for newly appointed governors or those who wanted an update, on their role as Foundation Governors.   Our Foundation Governors are appointed by the Bishop and play a key role in supporting and challenging our schools to provide the best Catholic education that they can for the young people in our diocese.  We are always looking for people to take on this important role, so if you feel you have a heart for young people by assisting our schools to excel at being, as Bishop Philip says, “key agencies of mission” then we’d like to hear from you.  Please contact the Catholic Academy and Schools Office Tel: 02392 893600  or email  to find out more.



The Work of Stella Maris 

Fr John Lavers, Southampton Port Chaplain to Apostleship of the Sea writes...


The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS)-Stella Maris is an international charity of the Catholic Church which serves seafarers from across the world, regardless of belief, nationality or race. In all the main ports in Great Britain chaplains and volunteer ship visitors visit thousands of seafarers each year, meeting their needs through the provision of help, support and advice. The Apostleship of the Sea – Stella Maris has 217 port chaplains in 318 ports worldwide supporting seafarers. In Great Britain, AoS-Stella Maris chaplains are located in all of the major ports and are comprised of priests, deacons and the lay faithful.


On a regular day, an AoS-Stella Maris Chaplain would make ship-visits and speak with the many seafarers hearing about their lives at sea and offering any help which may be needed. From a practical perspective, this could be offering a lift into the town-centre, providing a SIM card so a seafarer can call home or providing woolly hats, cloves and socks as it can be very cold working at sea. From a pastoral perspective the chaplain can offer advice, support and prayer to a seafarer in distress. This may involve providing the comfort and support to a seafarer who has lost a loved one back home. Those chaplains who are in Holy Orders can offer additional pastoral and sacramental support to seafarers. Finally, chaplains offer prayer services, attend welfare meetings and work together with other government and non-governmental agencies in support to seafarers.


The daily life of an AoS-Stella Maris chaplain is busy, hectic and most rewarding, because the chaplain sees the holy face of Jesus in everyone they meet from all over the world. For more information about the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS)-Stella Maris see our website.



Bishop Robert Barron on The Mass 

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.


Back in September, he was the keynote speaker at the amazing Adoremus 2018 Eucharistic Congress and gave two addresses. The first was an excellent talk on the various aspects of the Mass which we are sharing again in case you are a new subscriber to e-News, missed it or simply want to watch it again. 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.’


Look out for another chance to watch Part 2 next week.



Family fast day

Jo Lewry, CAFOD Portsmouth Community Participation Coordinator writes...


Thank you to the children at St Paul’s Primary school for raising over £600 for CAFOD Harvest fast day by wearing their brightest clothes to school. Linda Heneghan, our CAFOD school visitor for the Reading Area, visited St Pauls to tell them about this year’s Harvest family fast day appeal. During the Harvest assembly Linda explained to the children how poverty has been halved in last twenty years. In 1990 35% of people in the world lived in extreme poverty but today this figure is about 11%. Linda thanked the children for their previous support of CAFOD and told them the difference that their generous donations to CAFOD’s family fast days have made.  More people have the basic things in life such as clean water, enough food to eat and place to live in. Linda showed the children photos of children who have been helped by CAFOD. In Zimbabwe CAFOD projects have helped children like Twalumba, who suffered from malnutrition, by teaching their mums about good nutrition and the best foods to grow these children are now becoming healthy and strong.  CAFOD has also supported children from Syria who have had to leave their homes because of the war, and flee to refugee camps in Jordan. They have helped children such as Mary to attend schools and start to rebuild their lives.


Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Harvest family fast day appeal your generosity will make a real difference to our brothers and sisters living in poverty overseas.



From the Bishops’ Conference 

Last week, from Monday to Thursday, the Bishops’ Conference was held at Hinsley Hall, Leeds. The Bishops of England and Wales meet twice a year for a four-day conference, usually in the spring, a couple of weeks after Easter, and in late autumn, during the second week of November. The spring conference is often extended by a few days to include a short retreat or a period of in-service formation, and this has sometimes taken place at Palazzola, the Venerable English College retreat house outside Rome, or, as next May, at the Royal English College in Valladolid. The programme is quite intense, beginning with Eucharistic Adoration each morning at 6.30 am and Mass. Business starts at 9.30 and runs though to the evening, with a short break for lunch. There is very little free time although it good to relax with brother bishops during supper. Much of the time is taken up with departmental business, reflecting on the various works being done. All the bishops of England and Wales attend, including the Bishop of the Forces, the Ukranian Eparch and Syro-Malabar Eparch, and the Apostolic Administrator of the Prefecture of the Falkland Islands (the latter being also the Ecclesiastical Superior of the Missions to Ascension islands, St Helena and Tristan da Cunha). This time, unfortunately, Cardinal Vincent and also Bishop Tom Burns of Menevia were unable to attend because of illness. Moreover, Archbishop Bernard Longley and Bishop Robert Byrne were absent because they were attending hearings of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. The Conference concluded on Thursday morning with voting on the various proposals and propositions.



Armistice Day

Sunday 11th November was, of course, Remembrance Sunday and the centenary of Armistice Day. Bishop Christopher, the Anglican Bishop of Portsmouth, and I led a big open air service in the Guildhall Square here in Portsmouth. The service included members of other faiths too, as well as the involvement of cadet groups, veterans and community organisations. It was preceded by an impressive parade of veterans, military personnel and youth groups at 10.30 am. At 11 am there was a two-minute silence after which the service followed. About 5000 people attended, including local MPs and members of the City Council. At the end, a wreath-laying ceremony at the First World War and Second World War memorials concluded the service.


Remembrance Day is held every year on 11th November, commemorating the anniversary of the Armistice in 1918 which marked the end of World War One. The Armistice was signed by representatives of the Allies and Germany declaring an end to the war with the cessation of hostilities on land, sea and air. The first official Armistice Day celebrations were held by King George V at Buckingham Palace in 1919, when he hosted Raymond Poincaré, the President of France. Today it is observed by all nations of the Commonwealth, while many other countries mark the anniversary as a day of memorial.



Fanning The Flame summer camp reunion weekend

Sr Veronica, OP writes...


The FTF team welcomed a group of young people who wanted to get together once more after the summer camp. This time we had the luxury of sleeping in the warmth of the Priory (though not necessarily in comfortable beds i.e. beds with mattresses!!) Our group of 16, consisted of participants aged 11-18 from Southampton, Fleet, Bournemouth central England the Midlands and Devon. It was a delight to meet up again with old friends and there was no need for icebreakers, since everyone knew each other so well from camp. Our youngest participants aged 11 managed to win our recap Quiz by answering correctly 14 questions out of 30. Felix and Martin were stars! This team seemed to have gained a photographic memory of the Acts of the Apostles and the things we learnt about the Incarnation from the Catechism. Their enthusiastic responses amazed us all. Well done to both of you.






Reading school shortlisted 

The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the Independent sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the 2019 TES Independent School Awards. On 16th November it was revealed that St Joseph’s College in Reading has been shortlisted for the Wellbeing Initiative of the Year award.


TES editor Ann Mroz said: “Independent education in this country is truly world class. It’s one of our great success stories. And those shortlisted for the TES Independent School Awards are the crème de la crème.


“We received a record number of entries this year and the standard is the highest yet, so to be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement for any school.”


Andy Colpus, Headmaster of St Joseph’s College said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted once again for these prestigious awards. The wellbeing of our pupils is of paramount importance at St Joseph’s College and we are very pleased to be recognised as a leader amongst independent schools in this category.”


The winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 1 February 2019.


To see the full list of who is in the running, pick up a copy of this week's TES, or click here.



Aldershot school remembers 100 years on  

On Monday 12th November, St Joseph's Primary Academy in Aldershot held a special service to mark the Centenary of the end of the First World War. The service was led by School Chaplain, Deacon Craig Aburn along with Parish Priest Fr Anthony Glaysher and Fr Stephen Sharkey CF (RC) based at the nearby Army Training Camp in Pirbright. The Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Steve Masterson was in attendance and laid one of the wreaths. The Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, Councillor David Clifford also attended the service along with a number of local soldiers, some of whom are parents of children in the school. During the service, which included readings and reflections on remembrance, the traditional two minutes' silence accompanied by Army buglers sounding the Last Post and Reveille, the many names of those connected with the school who had died in many and varied conflicts were called. There is a memorial in the form of an icon of St George in St Joseph's Church below which are listed the names of those former pupils who died in the First and Second World Wars beside which currently stands a remembrance display created by some of the children from the school. We will remember them! There are some more photos here.



From Oaklands to the Eternal City

Students William Beacon, Lauren Dollery, Dominika Malecka write...


During the October half term, a group of Year 11, 12 and 13 students went to Rome as part of a Religious Education pilgrimage. In the four days we were there we visited loads of different places and we found out a lot about their historical backgrounds and importance to different people.


On the first day we visited the Venerable English College where we had Mass which was celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nicholls (Father Jeremy and lots of other priests also participated in this service). For the rest of the day we walked around Rome with Father Jeremy leading the way. As we went round he gave us information about some of the buildings and places of interest. We learned that the dome of the Pantheon was the largest in the world for 1300 years and still today remains the largest unsupported dome in the world! Having been told about the tradition of throwing a coin over our right shoulder to guarantee our return to Rome, we went to the Trevi Fountain where we threw in our money in a chance that one day we may return. We ended the day with a great meal; we even managed to miss the thunderstorm while we were eating and we had a lot of giggles waiting for the bus!





Ordination of Brother Andrew Wagstaff

I was happy to travel to Sacred Heart, Bournemouth on Friday 9th November to ordain to the diaconate Brother Andrew Wagstaff of the Oratory in Formation. It was a splendid occasion, as evident from this photo here of Andrew with his parents John and Alison. Born in Southampton and raised in Romsey, Brother Andrew converted to Catholicism while he was at university in Birmingham and after working a while as a barrister, six years ago he joined the Oratory. Brother Andrew will be ordained to the priesthood next summer. Please pray for the community in Bournemouth. There is a lot of work needed to renovate the house and make it fit for purpose. At the Mass, a number of priests concelebrated, including members of the Oratory in Oxford and in Birmingham, including Fr. Ignatius Spencer, who gave me a copy of the relatio about the miracle that supports the cause of Blessed John Henry Newman’s canonisation. It looks now as if Newman might be canonised, all being well, later next year.



Fr Tom Foley R.I.P

On Tuesday 6th November in the Cathedral we celebrated the annual Mass for our deceased bishops, priests and deacons. I was in choir, while Canon Michael Dennehy VG celebrated the Mass and Canon John O’Shea was the preacher. This year it was a bit different as we remembered at Mass especially Fr. Tom Foley, a retired priest of our Diocese living in Ireland, who died a couple of weeks previously in Cork University Hospital. He had many nephews and nieces, grand nephews and grand nieces and other relatives. Canon Michael Dennehy represented me at the funeral on 23rd October in St Mary's, Castlemagner, which was also attended by numerous priests from the Diocese of Cloyne who benefitted from his supply work and help during his retirement. Fr. Tom was 70 years a priest – what a wonderful achievement! Ordained in 1948, he served in only three parishes of our Diocese: St. James’s Reading, Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph’s Christchurch and latterly in St. Mary’s Gosport where he was the Dean, for many, many years until his retirement in 1990. Please pray for Fr. Tom’s repose and for his relatives and friends.



Bishop Philip's Engagements           

Tuesday 20th November 

Graduation Ceremony, Maryvale


Friday 23rd November

Diocesan Schools’ Day, Basingstoke


Saturday 24th November

Dialogue with Cultural Sectors Meeting, Bishop’s House;

Thanksgiving Mass for St Oscar Romero, 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 18th November


National Prayer Cycle: World Day of the Poor

Diocesan Prayer: The Parish, Communities and Schools in the Bailiwick of Guernsey Pastoral Area


Monday 19th November 

Feria [33rd Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Movement of Christian Workers


Tuesday 20th November 

Feria [33rd Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Presentation Sisters in the Diocese


Wednesday 21st November

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Edward Windsor, consecrated 21.11.1910)


Thursday 22nd November

St Cecilia, Virgin & Martyr, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: All musicians in the Diocese and the National Network of Pastoral Musicians


Friday 23rd November

St Clement I, Pope and Martyr, optional memorial

or: St Columbanus, Religious, optional memorial

or: Feria [33rd Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parishes, Communities and Schools in the Southampton Central and West Pastoral Area


Saturday 24th November

St Andrew Dung-Lac, priest and Companions, Martyrs, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Vietnamese Groups in the Diocese


Sunday 25th November



National Prayer Cycle: Young People [National Youth Sunday]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Christ the King, Reading;

Chapel of Christ the King, Sandhurst


Forthcoming Events                  

Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th November

Be still and know - Franciscan Retreat

Park Place Pastoral Centre, Wickham

Read more 


Saturday 24th November 

Christmas at Sea - Hearing the Word of God

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

Read more  


Saturday 24th November 

Thanksgiving Mass for the Canonisation of St Oscar Romero

St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth, 2pm

Read more  


Saturday 24th November 

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

St Mary and St Joseph Poplar, London E14 6EP

Read more  


Saturday 24th November 

The Newman Colloquium

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

Ss Gregory and Augustine, Oxford, OX2 7NS

Read more  


Saturday 24th November 

Organ Recital by International Organist Anthony Matthews

Sacred Heart Church, Bournemouth

Read more  


Saturday 24th November 

Alton Day of Renewal

Alton Convent

Read more  


Sunday 25th November

Youth Sunday with Bishop Philip

St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth

Read more 


Friday 30th November - Sunday 2nd December

Advent Silent Retreat

Verbum Dei Retreat Centre, Isle of Wight

Read more 


Saturday 1st December

Sycamore Leaders Training Day

St Patrick’s Church, Soho Square, London

Read more 


Sunday 23rd December

"The Magi are in a Muddle"

St Edward the Confessor, Chandlers Ford

Read more 


25th-30th July 2019

Pilgrimage to Lourdes
More information coming soon - save the dates!


8th-15th October 2019

Pilgrimage to Malta
Read more


Job Vacancies   

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. 



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 Deacon Craig Aburn: 



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


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


Bishop of Portsmouth


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