Portsmouth Diocese e-News

Tuesday 15th January 2019 - Issue 212 (2019/02)


Dear Friends,

Despite a few days away hiking, I’m still thinking a lot about our wonderful time at SEEK2019 in Indianapolis. It was an amazing few days being with 17,000 youngsters and listening to many inspiring speakers. Over the next few editions of e-News, I’ll incorporate some of the talks that were given, including this week the talk on the Mass by Fr. Mike Schmitz. Meanwhile, as we leave behind the liturgical season of Advent-Christmas, we begin on Friday the Week of Prayer for the Unity of Christians. Please check out the various resources available (see below) for this and remember to offer a Decade of the Rosary each day for this important intention. Have a great week ahead! May God bless you with His love.





Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins this Friday

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January – the week leading up to the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.


Resources for 2019 have been prepared by Christians from Indonesia, the largest country in South East Asia, made up of more than 17,000 islands, 1,340 different ethnic groups and over 740 local languages, united by one national language Bahasa Indonesia. With some 86% of its 260 million people estimated to be Muslim, it has the largest Islamic population of any country. About 10% of Indonesians are Christian. Indonesians have lived by the principle ofgotong royong which is to live in ‘solidarity and by collaboration’, regarding all Indonesians as brothers and sisters. But gotong royong sits ill at ease with the neo-liberal approach to economics that has led to economic growth, and corruption infecting politics and business, often with devastating effects on the environment. Meanwhile those who are supposed to promote justice and protect the weak fail to do so. As a consequence, a country rich in resources bears the burden of many people living in poverty. Particular ethnic and religious groups are often associated with wealth in ways that have fed tensions. The Christians of Indonesia found that the words of Deuteronomy, ‘Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue…' (see Deut. 16:18-20) spoke powerfully to their situation.


Material for 2019 originates from the churches of Indonesia, where there is a strong emphasis upon the need for unity alongside the nation’s ethnic and religious diversity. The resources also highlight issues of economic injustice and how religious pluralism can face challenges in the face of radicalisation. Resources can be downloaded from the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland website. The Diocesan Christian Unity Committee would be glad to hear of events in your area. E-mail: christianunity@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk



Scott Hahn on 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Think of these first weeks after Christmas as a season of “epiphanies.” The liturgy is showing us who Jesus is and what He has revealed about our relationship with God. Last week and the week before, the imagery was royal and filial—Jesus is the newborn king of the Jews who makes us co-heirs of Israel’s promise, beloved children of God. Last week in the liturgy we went to a baptism. This week we’re at a wedding. We’re being shown another dimension of our relationship with God. If we’re sons and daughters of God, it’s because we’ve married into the family. Have you ever wondered why the Bible begins and ends with a wedding—Adam and Eve’s in the garden and the marriage supper of the Lamb?


Throughout the Bible, marriage is the symbol of the covenant relationship God desires with His chosen people. He is the groom, humanity His beloved and sought after bride. We see this reflected beautifully in Sunday’s First Reading. When Israel breaks the covenant, she is compared to an unfaithful spouse. But God promises to take her back, to “espouse” her to Him forever in an everlasting covenant.That’s why in the Gospel Jesus performs His first public “sign” at a wedding feast. Jesus is the divine bridegroom, calling us to His royal wedding feast. By His New Covenant, He will become “one flesh” with all humanity in the Church. By our baptism, each of us has been betrothed to Christ as a bride to a husband. The new wine that Jesus pours out at Sunday’s feast is the gift of the Holy Spirit given to His bride and body, as the Second Reading says and this is the “salvation” announced to the “families of nations” in the Psalm.


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



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

“They have no wine.” 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – John 2:1-11

St John in his Gospel recounts seven miracles or signs, beginning with the water turned into wine at the wedding of Cana, and ending with the raising of Lazarus before the Passion. All of these signs help us to understand and believe that Jesus is the Word of the Father, the Bread of Life, the Light of the world, and the Good Shepherd who lays down his own life for his sheep. With this first sign, which appears certainly as the least dramatic and most insignificant, we’ll discover that Jesus reveals himself as the true Bridegroom, who has come to give his life for his Bride, the Church, by uniting himself until death and beyond, to humanity as a whole and to each one of us, bringing deep and lasting joy to the world.


We’ll reflect on:

Faith: How does our faith help us to understand the first sign of Jesus in Cana?

Hope: How is human marriage taken up into God’s plan of salvation?

Love: How is God’s love for us a spousal sort of love? How can our love for him be also spousal?



Jennifer Geach reflects... 

There is a motet of Palestrina’s, which sets the words of the Magnificat antiphon for the feast of Epiphany (click the image to watch a recording).  The words of this motet underline the wonderful condescension of God.  ‘We celebrate this day, adorned by three wonders: today the star led the magi to the manger: today wine was made from water at the wedding feast: today Christ willed to be baptized in the Jordan by John so that he might save us’.  We now celebrate the Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord separately: but although the two events are separated in the life of Jesus by about 30 years, and the wedding feast at Cana comes after, not before the baptism, the antiphon makes sense in its presentation of God’s salvation to us.


At the great Feast of Epiphany, something amazing was manifested. The word means the showing, the revelation: and the arrival of the magi at the manger is an expression of the idea which Simeon gave voice to when Jesus was presented in the temple.  This child is not just the glory of Israel, but a light of revelation to the Gentiles.  So Epiphany is a day of special wonder for all of us who are not Jewish by blood but only by inheritance and adoption.  God’s people had been waiting since Abraham for the coming of Messiah: the revelation of Epiphany is that this Messiah is the Saviour not only of Israel, but has come to rescue us too.  The mercy and love of God, expressed in his relationship with the chosen people, is now extended to all of us; like the magi we are welcome to worship this Baby, and are taken by him into the royal household of God.


Read the full reflection here.  



The Insightful Wisdom of St. Oscar Romero

We must not seek the child Jesus in the pretty figures of our Christmas cribs. We must seek him among the undernourished children who have gone to bed at night with nothing to eat, among the poor newsboys who will sleep covered with newspapers in doorways. — December 24, 1979 


When we speak for the poor, please note that we do not take sides with one social class. What we do is invite all social classes, rich and poor, without distinction, saying to everyone let us take seriously the cause of the poor as though it were our own.– Monseñor Romero, September 9, 1979.


Let us not develop an education that creates in the mind of the student a hope of becoming rich and having the power to dominate. Let us form in the heart of a child and young person the idea of loving, of preparing oneself to serve and giving oneself to others. —January 22, 1978.


If we are worth anything, it is not because we have more money or more talent, or more human qualities. Insofar as we are worth anything, it is because we are grafted on to Christ’s life, his cross and resurrection. That is a person’s measure. — March 4, 1979.


I’d like to make an appeal in a special way to the men in the army. Brothers, each one of you is one of us. We are the same People. The farmers and peasants that you kill are your own brothers and sisters. When you hear the words of a man telling you to kill, think instead in the words of God, “Thou shalt not kill!” No soldier is obliged to obey an order contrary to the Law of God. In His name and in the name of our tormented people who have suffered so much, and whose laments cry out to heaven: I implore you! I beg you! I order you! Stop the repression! —March 23, 1980 , the day before his murder.



Fr. Mike Schmitz: Pray The Mass Like Never Before

When we were at SEEK2019 in Indianapolis last week, every talk given by Fr. Mike Schmitz was completely overbooked – check out this one to see why! Fr. Mike is a priest of the Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota, where he currently runs the Catholic chaplaincy at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He is also the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the diocese. Click on the picture for this video on how to pray the Mass like never before. (It’s 40 minutes long, so you’ll need to make a coffee, sit back and relax to take it all in.) In it, he argues that while many people go to Mass every week, few know what it is to worship. Most of us show up and do our best to “pay attention," but for too many, this just means simply that we watch closely. Fr. Mike gets to the heart of what Christian worship is all about. He says that we have been given a gift that we have most likely left unused. This gift is unused because it is largely unknown. Here, he seeks to uncover this unknown and unused gift so that you can stop watching the Mass and start worshipping at Mass.




Deacon Martin reflects on 'Ordinary Time'

Earlier this week, I watched a short programme about “re-greening” in the Sahel region of Africa. Where land had become arid, local people are now encouraging the growth of trees that naturally regenerate on their land. The programme showed how, with some encouragement, natural resources are capable of renewal, even in the most unpromising of conditions. One of its conclusions is that time can be the friend of humankind, during which growth can occur, if the right conditions are put in place.


“Re-greening” is a good image for the period of the Church’s year we have now entered, called “Ordinary Time”. “Ordinary” here doesn’t mean “commonplace”, but refers to the numbered, serial weeks of Ordinary Time (this coming Sunday is the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time). “Ordinary” comes from the same Latin word that relates to our English word, “order” – so these weeks are “in order”. The Latin version of the Roman Missal refers to this period as tempus per annum, “time through the year”.


Ordinary Time might be thought of as the green “valleys” of the Church year, sitting between the “mountains” of Advent and Christmastide, and Lent and Eastertide. Like the “green pastures” of Psalm 23, Ordinary Time allows us to “take time” to take things in, to consolidate the spiritual benefits of the other, more intense periods of preparation and celebration. In this way of thinking, Ordinary Time is not humdrum or uneventful – rather, we can take advantage of the progression of time, benefiting from routine and repetition day by day, to mature in our life in Christ, and to be formed by God into the image of His Son, Jesus. Such “formation” is not just for priests, deacons and religious, but for all of us (see Rom 8:292 Cor 3:18Gal 4:19).


The colour of the vestments worn by the priest give a clue to how we can approach this period of “re-greening”. Green symbolises hope, but also life and growth.


Read more here.



20th January is Peace Sunday

Every year Pax Christi promotes the Holy Father’s World Peace Day Message on 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.  This is in the Liturgical Calendar cycle of prayer. Pax Christi  sends resource materials to every parish in the country to help them mark and celebrate the day. You can also find resources here.


The theme of this year's Peace Sunday is "Good politics serves peace". In his message for the World Day of Peace on 1st January, the Holy Father said this:


One thing is certain: good politics is at the service of peace.  It respects and promotes fundamental human rights, which are at the same time mutual obligations, enabling a bond of trust and gratitude to be forged between present and future generations….today more than ever, our societies need “artisans of peace” who can be messengers and authentic witnesses of God the Father, who wills the good and the happiness of the human family. (Read the full text here.)



Welcome Bishop Michael

Bishop Michael Bibi, auxiliary bishop of Bamenda, is making a brief private visit to see me this coming weekend and he will be staying at the Cathedral. I have asked him to be the chief celebrant at our 10 am Mass on Sunday. It will be a good opportunity for us to pray for Cameroon and to pray especially for the clergy and faithful of our sister Diocese. Meanwhile, I am grateful to Lawrence Fullick for drawing my attention to the Holy Father’s annual New Year Address to Diplomats in which Pope Francis mentions Cameroon and its current trials:


In the course of the past year, there have been some significant signs of peace, starting with the historic agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, which puts an end to twenty years of conflict and restores diplomatic relations between the two countries.  Also, the agreement signed by the leaders of South Sudan, enabling the resumption of civil coexistence and the renewed functioning of national institutions, represents a sign of hope for the African continent, where grave tensions and widespread poverty persist.  I follow with special concern the developing situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and I express my hope that the country can regain the reconciliation it has long awaited and undertake a decisive journey towards development, thus ending the ongoing state of insecurity affecting millions of people, including many children.  To that end, respect for the result of the electoral process is a determining factor for sustainable peace.  I likewise express my closeness to all those suffering from fundamentalist violence, especially in Mali, Niger and Nigeria, and from continued internal tensions in Cameroon, which not rarely sow death even among civilians.



Jack the Lad - The Untold Tale of the Prodigal Son!

Jack lives in boring Dullington with his father and his brother Jo. Jack demands his inheritance from his Father and goes out in the big wide world to seek fun and adventure!  He finds it in Funsville but Dame Dolly Dollop's  daughter has been taken by The Dreadful Dragon of the Deep!  Don’t miss this  new and magical production from Unity Christian Theatre which promises  magic, mystery, mayhem and maybe a little romance… A story of forgiveness and love that never ends…

This new take on a classic pantomine is presented by Unity Christian Theatre at The Lights in Andover on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th January with all proceeds going to British Heart Foundation.


Unity Christian Theatre is lead by parishioners of St. John the Baptist Church, Andover.  It has been in existence since 2005 and includes representatives  from many other Churches in Andover. You can find out more here or contact Sharon on 07933 785368.



Find out about CAFOD’s great work 

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


I would like to invite you to one of our Lent fast day meetings in February and March.


Saturday 9th February at St Theresa of the Child Jesus Church Totton from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. At this meeting Nikki Evans CAFOD’s programme Officer for Bolivia will be speaking about the Hands on Altiplano project.

Saturday 16th February at St Thomas of Canterbury Church Cowes Isle of Wight from 10:30 am to 12:30pm.

Monday 18th February at Christ the King Church, Reading 7:15pm to 9pm. At this meeting Sally Kitchener from the CAFOD’s communications team will be speaking about her recent visit to CAFOD projects in Bangladesh.

Thursday 21st February at St Margaret Mary Church, Park Gate 7:15pm to 9pm. At this meeting Maureen Thompson will be speaking about her recent trip to COP24 UN Climate Summit and CAFOD’s Climate Change Campaign.

Saturday 23rd February at St Bede’s Church, Basingstoke 10:30am to 1pm (waiting confirmation of speaker).

Tuesday 5th March at St Joseph’s Church, Newbury 7:15pm to 9pm. At this meeting Kezia Harrow our Step into the Gap volunteer will talk about her recent trip to visit CAFOD projects in the Holy Land.


Everyone is welcome so do come along to find out how your generous donations are enabling people to lift themselves out of poverty. To book your place please email Jo Lewry or call 01252 329385



Volunteer overseas with Jesuit Missions

Do you feel called to serve others? Are you looking for a new way of life? Would you like to gain experience with an international NGO? Volunteer with Jesuit Missions and make a difference to the lives of some of the world’s most marginalised communities. Placements include Tanzania, India and Kyrgyzstan.These are open to volunteers of all ages and vary from one to six months.


Clare Simpson reports that after reading a similar article in e-News a couple of years ago, her son decided to take up this challenge post-A levels and went to Kyrgyzstan for 3 weeks in the summer holidays. She says: "We talk about how to help young people grow in their faith, and I think that this sort of volunteering can give them a wonderful spiritual experience."


For more information and to apply, please email  or visit www.jesuitmissions.org.uk




St Mary's Southampton continues bicentenary celebrations

School Chaplain, Fr Michael Peters writes...


As part of their extended Founder's Day celebrations, St. Mary's Independent School in Southampton had a guest of honour: Brother Louis.  Brother Louis is the Brother Chair of the Provincial Council for the Province to which St Mary's belongs within the Mennaisian organisation.  Brother Louis spent the day meeting with students and staff in the Prep and Senior departments and attended a special assembly which explained the importance of Fr. Jean Marie De la Mennais' life.  St. Mary's has a special relationships with the Brothers of Christian Instruction and have good relationships with our sister school in Liverpool and also in Ploermel, France.   In the photograph, Brother met 'Fr. John Marie' (Year 7 student Teddy Blake), who promised that the school would walk with him into the next page in the life of the Order, founded 6th. June 1819




Tadley Angels

Parishioners from St Michael's church in Tadley joined the local Churches Together Around Tadley (CTAT) in promoting Christmas and Advent services in a new and exciting way. Volunteers from all the churches knitted over 1400 angels in a variety of colours and sizes - one parishioner from St Michael's, Sue Tull knitted over 200 herself. Each angel was given a label with a Christmas message and a link to a FaceBook page which showed details of all the events and services around Tadley in the run up to Christmas, including a very special "Live Nativity" with live animals in the stable!


Then on two mornings in December a team of 20 volunteers from all the churches met at 6am for prayer then distributed the angels in key locations around the community. With permission from the local council as well as schools and businesses, angels were hung on railings, trees, bus stops and playgrounds before anyone else was up and about. The volunteers all then went for breakfast together to warm up! On both occasions, all the angels had been collected by local residents by lunchtime. There was great excitement at the local primary schools when the children realised that "Christmas angels had landed overnight!" As one mum posted "My children love their Angels. Never seen them move so fast once they saw them at school."


Although there was no survey carried out afterwards, the Christian communities in Tadley hope that the Christmas angels brought God's message of love to many local people and inspired them to come to some of the many events and services throughout Advent and Christmas.



Book Recommendation

Here’s an interesting theological book worth buying if you have some Christmas book tokens left: Mary Star of Evangelisation by Jacob Phillips (New York, Paulist: 2018 [ISBN  978-0-8091-5337-4]). Jacob Phillips, who gained his doctorate from King’s College, London, is a lecturer in theology at St. Mary’s Twickenham. The book began life as a course-book written for a postgrad module called “Evangelising Culture” at Maryvale Institute. In it, Phillips tackles a crucial question that arises in the work of evangelisation: when to challenge cultural norms and practices, and when to work with them. He examines the theologies of culture in Pedro Arrupe, Joseph Ratzinger, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Dorothy Day and John Henry Newman, and at the theories behind the new evangelisation before proposing the figure of the Virgin Mary as shedding new light on this task. He takes the titles of Mary from the Litany of Loreto as the lens through which to explore the relation of faith and culture in the work of evangelisation. Mary is both a pattern for us in tilling the soil, in the sense of entering deeply into a host culture so that the gospel can really take root within it, and in sowing the seed, in the sense of proclaiming the Message so that it is not diluted or adversely affected by being fitted to a specific context.



Bishop Philip's Engagements           

Wednesday 16th to Thursday 17th January

Joint Anglican-Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Leicester


Friday 18th January

Meeting with Bishop Michael Bibi of Bamenda Diocese 


Saturday 19th January

Farewell Mass for Little Sisters of the Poor, Jersey


Friday 25th January

Bishop's Council meeting



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 13th January


Diocesan Prayer: Those to be baptised this year, their godparents, families and catechists


Monday 14th January

Feria [1st Week in Ordinary Time] 


Diocesan Prayer: Verbum Dei Communities in the Diocese


Tuesday 15th January

Feria [1st Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Royal Navy and Royal Air Force Chaplains and Personnel 


Wednesday 16th January

Feria [1st Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Army Chaplains and Personnel


Thursday 17th January

St Anthony of Egypt, Abbot, memorial 

Diocesan Prayer: “Churches Together”


Friday 18th January

Feria [1st Week in Ordinary Time]

Today is the beginning of the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity

Diocesan Prayer: Diocesan Committee for Christian Unity


Saturday 19th January

St Wulstan, Religious, Bishop, optional memorial

or: Our Lady on Saturday

or: Feria [1st Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Holy Family, Southampton (dedicated 19.1.1983)


Sunday 20th January


Today is a Day of Prayer for Peace

National Prayer Cycle: World Peace

Diocesan Prayer: The Anglican Communion


Monday 21st January

St Agnes, Virgin, Martyr, memorial 

Diocesan Prayer: The Free Churches; Community of St Agnes, Liss


Tuesday 22nd January

St Vincent, Deacon, Martyr, optional memorial

or: Feria [2nd Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: The Byzantine Orthodox & Oriental Orthodox Churches


Wednesday 23rd January

Feria [2nd Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Association of Inter-Church Families


Thursday 24th January

St Francis de Sales, Bishop, Doctor of the Church, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Francis de Sales, Wash Common


Friday 25th January


The Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity ends today

Diocesan Prayer: Local Covenants of Churches 


Saturday 26th January

St Timothy, Bishop, Martyr & St Titus, Bishop, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Students for the Priesthood or Permanent Diaconate


Sunday 27th January


Diocesan Prayer: Diocesan Department for the New Evangelisation


Forthcoming Events

18th-25th January

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Read more


Friday 18th - Saturday 19th January

Unity Christian Theatre presents:

Jack the Lad - The Untold Tale of the Prodigal Son

The Lights, Andover

Read more


Sunday 20th January

Peace Sunday

Read more


Friday 25th - Sunday 27th January 

Aquinas Weekend - Formation for young women

St Joseph's Convent, Grayshott

Read more  


Saturday 26th January 

Alton Day of Renewal

Alton Convent

Read more  


Friday 8th February 

Feast of St Josephine Bakhita

Day of Prayer against Human Trafficking


Saturday 23rd February

Poetry Reading with Four Poets
Quarr Abbey, IOW

Read more


Saturday 23rd February

Alton Day of Renewal

Alton Convent

Read more  


Sunday 24th February


Bosco Experience

St Peter's Winchester

Read more  


25th-30th July 2019

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Read more


October 2019

Extraordinary Mission Month


8th-15th October 2019

Pilgrimage to Malta
Read more


25th - 30th May 2020

Trip to Bavaria - Oberammergau and Lake Garda
Read more




Job Vacancies   

Caritas Holy Family Development Manager (Part-Time, 14 hours per week)
Salary - £14.31 per hour 

This is an exciting new role, located in the Holy Family parish Southampton, in the Diocese of Portsmouth to promote, develop and coordinate social action projects within the parish.


The appointed person will work closely with the parish and Caritas to highlight priority areas for social action especially with regard to families and provide a high quality service of support in the way of setting up programmes and projects in the parish.


Closing date for applications: 23rd January 2019

Interviews to be held: w/c 28th January 2019

Anticipated start date: 1st March 2019


This post is part-time and subject to the completion of a successful DBS clearance and an initial 6 month probationary period.


For more information and how to apply see here.



Parish Administrator - Christ the King Whitley, Reading

A vacancy has arisen for a part-time parish administrator for the Church of Christ the King in Whitley, Reading.


This is an extremely busy parish, requiring a person with varied, flexible skills and an unflappable temperament.


As well as possessing excellent, all-round secretarial skills, the successful candidate will have a first-class command of English and a high level of computer literacy. Experience in using Word, Excel and Publisher is essential.


Hours of work: 15 per week (Days and hours to be agreed with the parish priest) 

Salary: £10 per hour.


For more information and an informal discussion about the role please contact Maria Mahdavi on 0118 931 4469.


Closing date for applications:  Monday 28th January 2019.

Interviews to be held:  Tuesday 5th February.


For more information and how to apply see here.



Parish Administrator - St John Bosco, Woodley Reading

25 to 30 hours per week (hours subject to negotiation but each weekday desirable)


St John Bosco Parish wishes to appoint a Parish Administrator to provide a full confidential administrative and secretarial service to the Parish Priest and Woodley Parish, providing a sympathetic and efficient focal point for enquiries and administrative support. The parish office is a busy place and you will be running the office yourself but with a small team of volunteers and other parish staff in the church as colleagues.


Applicants should be experienced in administration with excellent communication skills. A good knowledge of Microsoft Word and Publisher are essential and you should be comfortable working in a Catholic Church environment.


Closing date for applications: Tuesday 12th February (9am)

Interviews to be held: Friday 22nd February


For more information and how to apply see here.



Deputy Head Teacher - St John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School, Portsmouth

Full time (split between class responsibilities and leadership time)
Salary: L6-10


The Governors of St John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary School are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, dedicated and highly motivated Deputy Head Teacher for this happy school.   


St John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary is a one form entry Catholic primary school serving the parish of St John’s Cathedral in Portsmouth. Our school has been judged by OFSTED as outstanding and we are determined to maintain that standard and improve upon it. The school is part of the Diocesan Edith Stein Partnership and the Governors see this as an opportunity to share best practice and work closely with other local Catholic schools.


Closing date: Monday 28th January 2019 (12 Noon)

Shortlisting: Monday 28th January 2019

Interviews: Monday 25th February 2019


For more information and how to apply see 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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