Portsmouth Diocese e-News 

Tuesday 12th February 2019 - Issue 216 (2019/06)


Dear Friends,

Yesterday was the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes which is also the World Day of Prayer for the Sick. Please pray to Our Lady this week for all who are unwell, physically or mentally, and for all who care for them. Meanwhile, I’m in Oscott College seminary at the moment for a Bishops-Staff meeting and to visit our three students here, Mohanraj, David and Ambrose. They are on great form! Please pray for them and humbly entreat the Lord to call many more to the priesthood in our Diocese. Thanks to Deacon Craig for compiling the e-News - and have a blessed week ahead. God bless you all.






Seeking a new Chief Operating Officer for the Diocese

The Diocese of Portsmouth is at an exciting moment in its history as we seek to move from maintenance to mission, Bringing People Closer to Jesus Christ through His Church. We need to recruit a Chief Operating Officer who will be responsible for all business and administrative aspects of the Diocese in order to help enact this vision. We are looking for a committed Christian who shares our values and drive towards fulfilment of the Charity’s Mission at an exciting time when we have much to contribute to the wider society in terms of ethical and spiritual values.


In our diocesan parish communities, we have exceptional individuals with the necessary talents and charisms for this role. These are people that you know, and I am asking for your help to identify them and share this opportunity with them. You may feel that this is something that you would like to apply for personally.


The successful candidate will be a collaborative leader who can work strategically and operationally, with a proven track record of broad commercial experience in senior management gained in a multi-site organisation. Exceptional interpersonal skills are essential, along with the ability to communicate and influence at all levels. They will be an experienced leader of people – inspiring, motivating and supportive to a committed and dedicated professional team.


If you are interested in applying for this role, or know someone who should, please see here for more information.



A Pastoral Letter on Sunday 24th February

One of the key tasks of any Bishop, and one that I personally consider to be central to my own ministry, is to teach the Faith and in Apostolorum Successores, the Directory on the Pastoral Ministry of Bishops, it highlights the importance of the Bishop sending out from time to time a Pastoral Letter to the clergy and faithful of the diocese to be read at Mass: “On special occasions in the life of the diocese, the Bishop should also propose doctrine by means of pastoral letters and messages, addressed to the whole Christian community. These may appropriately be read out in Churches and oratories and also distributed in printed form among the faithful. In drafting these letters, the Bishop may wish to enlist the help of his advisers, of the presbyteral council and, if the case so warrants, of the diocesan pastoral council. These groups may suggest topics to be treated, present-day objections to be refuted, or they may point out issues arising in the diocese on which it is appropriate for the Bishop to speak authoritatively (122).


Since becoming the Bishop of Portsmouth, I have issued twenty Pastoral Letters covering the Church’s teaching in the Creed, on the three Divine Persons of the Blessed Trinity, on Our Lady and St. Joseph, on mission and evangelisation, the Christian view of the human person, moral theology and the Church’s social teaching. Latterly I have been reflecting one by one on the seven Sacraments. The next Pastoral Letter is due for release on 24th February (the Seventh Sunday of the Church’s Year) and will be sent out in written form, and also as a podcast and a video. I intend the Letters to have ‘plenty of meat’ in them so as to lead to further prayer, study and reflection, which is why I always ask parishes to make available copies for people to read as it is being read and to take away afterwards. You can see the list of Pastoral Letters here.



This Thursday – Feast of St Cyril and St Methodius

St  Methodius (826? - 885) was born in Thessalonica. With his brother Cyril he went to Moravia to preach the faith. They translated liturgical texts into the Slavonic language and invented the Glagolithic and possibly also the Cyrillic alphabet. After his brother’s death he went to Pannonia, where he was assiduous in the work of evangelization. In the complicated international politics of the time he suffered much from attacks by his enemies, but he was always supported by the Popes. He died on 6 April 885.


St Cyril (827? - 869) was born in Thessalonica and was educated in Constantinople. With his brother Methodius he went to Moravia to preach the faith. They translated liturgical texts into the Slavonic language and invented the Glagolithic and possibly also the Cyrillic alphabet. They were called back to Rome, where Cyril died on 14 February 869.






Scott Hahn on 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The blessings and woes we hear in Sunday’s Gospel mark the perfection of all the wisdom of the Old Testament. That wisdom is summed up with marvellous symmetry in the First Reading and Psalm: each declares that the righteous—those who hope in the Lord and delight in His Law—will prosper like a tree planted near living waters. The wicked, who put their “trust in human beings,” are cursed to wither and die. Jesus is saying the same thing in the Gospel. The rich and poor are, for Him, more than members of literal economic classes. Their material state symbolises their spiritual state. The rich are “the insolent” of Sunday’s Psalm, boasting of their self-sufficiency, the strength of their flesh, as Jeremiah says in the First Reading. The poor are the humble, who put all their hope and trust in the Lord. We’ve already seen Sunday’s dramatic imagery of reversal in Mary’s “Magnificat.” There, too, the rich are cast down while the hungry are filled and the lowly exalted. That’s the upside-down world of the Gospel: in poverty we gain spiritual treasure unimaginable; in suffering and even dying “on account of the Son of Man,” we find everlasting life.


The promises of the Old Testament were promises of power and prosperity—in the here and now. The promise of the New Covenant is joy and true freedom even amid the misery and toil of this life. But not only that. As Paul says in the Second Reading, we’re to be pitied if our hope is “for this life only.” The blessings of God mean that we’ll laugh with the thanksgiving of captives released from exile, feast at the heavenly table of the Lord, “leap for joy” as John the Baptist leapt in his mother’s womb, and rise with Christ, “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”


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



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

“Happiness” - 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C (Luke 6:17, 20-26)

In this Gospel, Jesus gives a contradictory definition of happiness, by proclaiming happy are those who are poor, hungry and sorrowful. His definition of happiness and sorrow is clearly made in terms of present and future. Jesus reminds us that we live in time, calling us to invest our love and energies for a future joy that he has prepared for us. For he is the Eternal One who has stepped into our time, and for a while has been poor, sorrowful and hungry so that for all eternity we may be comforted, satisfied and joyful, provided we unite ourselves now with his loving poverty, hunger and sorrow.


We’ll reflect on:

Faith: What meaning does our faith give to our present and to our future?

Hope: Is it naïve to believe in eternal happiness? How can it be justified?        
Love: Does love always carry suffering and pain with it? Can it ever be non-sacrificial?



Jennifer Geach reflects... 

In my last posting, I mentioned that some (perhaps many) Catholics are not well catechised about the teachings of the Catholic Church: that the doctrines of the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Eucharist may not be clearly articulated in their minds.  (These are, of course,  mysteries, and so beyond our reason: but it is a mark of a true mystery that it can be stated in terms that a child can understand, but leave the greatest of philosophers and theologians amazed.) Our clergy, coming as they likely do from good Catholic families, may not be sufficiently aware of the depths of ignorance which forty years plus of bad catechesis have left.  This ignorance is not limited to orthodoxy, but also to orthopraxy: so that many people are left ignorant of what used to be the ordinary helps to the Christian life.  So it is necessary, vital even, to hand on this heritage more deliberately.  Our clergy would be well advised to follow the example of their master, and teach their flocks to pray, not only by offering guidance – though that would help! but also by actually teaching us words, or directing us to where they may be found. Catechists for First Holy Communion already work hard to teach children the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be to the Father, and also how to make the sign of the cross.  This is good, for if these things are not explicitly taught they will be lost: fewer and fewer secular schools teach even the Our Father.


Read the full reflection here.  



Rite of Election

The Rite of Election, which normally takes place on the Saturday after Ash Wednesday, takes place this year in the Cathedral on Saturday 9th March at 1100h – and I wanted to invite you to come and join us for it! The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, to give it its full title, is the liturgy in which those adults who are preparing for Baptism this Easter and those who are being received into full communion with the Catholic Church are presented to the Bishop for the Church’s blessing. For the ‘catechumens’ (those under catechesis for Baptism) especially, this Rite is important: it’s the moment in their formation when they are formally ‘elected’ or chosen by the Bishop, on the testimony of their godparents and others, to become members of the Church. Their names are inscribed in the Book of the Elect to signify that they have heard the Lord calling them by name and that they wish to respond publicly to His call.


The Rite of Election is always full of joy! This year we have refreshed the Liturgy and its arrangements. Since the mission of our Diocese of Portsmouth is Bringing People Closer to Jesus Christ through His Church and as a sign that mission and evangelisation is always our first priority, I wanted to invite everyone to come and join us for the celebration. Please encourage catechumens and candidates to come along, together with their sponsors, families and friends, registering first through your parish. You can e-mail Sr. Hyacinthe if you have any questions. Clergy are invited to support those being received and to vest for the celebration, joining with the Bishop in the procession.



Bosco summer camp - and "Bosco experience" day

Portsmouth Diocesan “Don Bosco” Boys Camp 2019 – Fr Mark Hogan will again be leading a camp for boys of secondary school age at St. Cassian’s, Kintbury, from Sunday 28th July to Saturday 3rd August. There will be plenty of sport, outings, competitions and fun and games to ensure that boys will have a fantastic few days. This will continue to take place within the context of the celebration of the Catholic Faith, including daily Mass and morning prayer. The cost of the camp is £210 (part bursaries may be available on application). To find out more or to reserve a place, please contact Angela Mulkerns on 07764 761006 or email dbcamps@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk


On Sunday 24th February, 2-4pm at St. Peter’s Church, Winchester, we will be hosting our “Bosco Experience” for any boys of secondary school age – a chance for boys who have been on camp to meet with old friends and for those who want to find out more to have a ‘taste’ of the Bosco Experience. Fun activities for the boys and a chance for parents to find out more and sign up for camp.



Significant Wedding Anniversaries Mass

Are you celebrating a 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th or Anniversary over 60 years? If so Bishop Philip would like to invite you to a Mass of Celebration. This will take place at St Bede’s Church in Basingstoke on Saturday 6th July 2019. It is a wonderful occasion to celebrate and witness to Marriage.


If you would like to come, please fill in the form here or send an email to anniversaries@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk. Please note this address is not monitored daily and you may have to wait for a reply, so please be patient. Alternatively, you can contact Liz Murphy at St Bede’s Parish office on 01256 465214.


To help celebrate the occasion please could you provide a COPY of your Wedding photograph, you can upload it when you complete the form. Alternatively send via email to above email address or by post to the following address: St Bede’s Parish Office, Popley Way, Basingstoke, RG24 9DX. Please mark envelope Significant Wedding Mass.



Eucharistic Pilgrimage to Italy

Exciting News from Father Marcin Drabik...


Following on from our successful trip last year to eastern Europe –Poland, Lithuania & Ukraine - this year St Swithun’s Parish is having it’s annual Pilgrimage to Italy. We will leave on 16th and return on 26th September 2019. During this time we will visit the various sites where the Eucharistic Miracles have taken place. We will also visit other places of interest where our blessed saints are buried.


You can find all the details (with short videos and short extracts about the places we will visit) on our website here. You will find cost, dates, locations, payment details and how to register for this exciting trip. We would love you to come.



A New Milestone in Catholic-Muslim Relations

Last week, the Holy Father made an historic visit to the United Arab Emirates, the first time a pope has visited the Arabian peninsula. The trip had been at the invitation of the Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, as well as the Catholic Church in the UAE which comprises about 9% of the country’s 6 million population. In Abu Dhabi, the Holy Father took part in an interreligious meeting and with the Grand Imam of Al Azhar launched a joint Catholic-Islam document called the The Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together. To read the document yourself, see here.


It offers a blueprint to "guide future generations" to advance a "culture of mutual respect" spanning all nationalities, backgrounds and beliefs. Both the Pope and the Grand Imam have said that the Document urges a more unified world, free from the scourge of terrorism, with equal rights for women and appreciation for all religions and places of worship. The principles it pledges to uphold include:

• The firm conviction that authentic teachings of religions invite us to remain rooted in the values of peace;
• Dialogue, understanding and the widespread promotion of a culture of tolerance, acceptance of others and of living together peacefully would contribute significantly to reducing many economic, social, political and environmental problems.
• The protection of places of worship – synagogues, churches and mosques – is a duty guaranteed by religions, human values, laws and international agreements. 
• Terrorism is deplorable and threatens the security of people. It is due, rather, to an accumulation of incorrect interpretations of religious texts and to policies linked to hunger, poverty, injustice, oppression and pride.
• Efforts must be made to free women from historical and social conditioning that runs contrary to the principles of their faith and dignity.


Politics – or – Religion? A Symposium

Last week I met with our Dialogue with Cultural Sectors Team and we have begun planning our next Symposium. The one in Winchester last November on Science – or –Religion, with Dr. Brian Cox and Fr. Andrew Pinsent was a huge success. We are planning a follow-on evening later in the year on this topic and will give details soon. Our main attention though is on the next topic and we are considering politics and religion, with the two main speakers tackling something like “Is it possible to be a Christian and a Politician in a Secular Society?” Or maybe: “In a Secular Society should religion ever influence politics?” It is worth re-reading the Address that Pope Benedict gave in Westminster Hall on 17th September 2010 during the papal visit to Britain: you can read it here or click on the picture to watch this speech. One of the key things the Holy Father said on that occasion was:


“The Catholic tradition maintains that the objective norms governing right action are accessible to reason, prescinding from the content of revelation. According to this understanding, the role of religion in political debate is not so much to supply these norms, as if they could not be known by non-believers – still less to propose concrete political solutions, which would lie altogether outside the competence of religion – but rather to help purify and shed light upon the application of reason to the discovery of objective moral principles. This “corrective” role of religion vis-à-vis reason is not always welcomed, though, partly because distorted forms of religion, such as sectarianism and fundamentalism, can be seen to create serious social problems themselves. And in their turn, these distortions of religion arise when insufficient attention is given to the purifying and structuring role of reason within religion. It is a two-way process. Without the corrective supplied by religion, though, reason too can fall prey to distortions, as when it is manipulated by ideology, or applied in a partial way that fails to take full account of the dignity of the human person. Such misuse of reason, after all, was what gave rise to the slave trade in the first place and to many other social evils, not least the totalitarian ideologies of the twentieth century. This is why I would suggest that the world of reason and the world of faith – the world of secular rationality and the world of religious belief – need one another and should not be afraid to enter into a profound and ongoing dialogue, for the good of our civilization.”



Mission to the Non-Religious

Last Wednesday I went to London for a meeting in Eccleston Square near Victoria Station of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis. The department is chaired by Bishop Mark O’Toole of Plymouth. Bishop Seamus Cunningham of Hexham and Newcastle, Bishop Peter Brignall of Wrexham, Bishop Ralph Heskett of Hallam and Bishop John Wilson, Auxiliary of Westminster are also members. There are four committees: for youth, for catechesis, for scripture and for ‘nones.’ I agreed this week to chair the committee for ‘nones,’ or, as we might say, “Mission to the Non-Religious.” These are the people in the National Census who when asked about their religion mark it ‘none.’ Christians are now in a minority in England and Wales, under 50%. Islam is the second fastest growing religious group. But the fastest growth is among the ‘nones,’ i.e. people of no religious affiliation. 1 in 4 people (25% of the population) now say they have no religion. Stephen Bullivant of St. Mary’s Twickenham in his recent British Attitudes Survey, Contemporary Catholicism in England and Wales puts it higher. He argues that about 45% of the population are nones, people of no religion far outnumbering active Christians. This is the challenge that we face as Christians: how can we reach out to the non-religious with the Gospel? How should the mission of our parish, school, diocese be adapted in order to offer and help enkindle faith in Christ among those who say they are not religious? Whatever we do must be based on much prayer, of course. Evangelisation is always two-way: it’s about you and I growing in faith as well as devising ways of reaching out to others. As we approach Lent, let’s think about how we can grow in our own faith so that we might feel more confident in reaching out to others.



Heart Talk - Interview for Shalom TV

A little before Christmas, I undertook an extended interview with Clare Short on behalf of Shalom World TV. The programme is called “Heart Talk’. They wanted to understand what it’s like being a bishop. My line was that you always have to pray to God, totally dependent upon Him, for I am a sinner in need of His help and grace.  The interview ranged across many issues and they had a lot of questions about the Diocese and what we are doing. I thought you might like to see the interview yourself: click on the attached picture. It lasts about 25 minutes. The key thing I spoke about was our diocesan vision of Bringing People Closer to Jesus Christ through His Church and the need to go out on mission, to convert Catholics, to be totally dependent on prayer and the Holy Spirit, and to become outward-looking servants. I was also asked about my upbringing, my favourite saints, and the recent establishment of a personal parish in Reading, St. John Fisher, in the care of the FSSP. It was filmed in the sitting room here at Bishop’s House – you can hear the busy traffic (mostly buses) going by outside!





Pastoral Visitation of Lymington, Milford on Sea and Brockenhurst

This last weekend, I undertook the Pastoral Visitation of three parish communities in the New Forest joined together under the pastoral care of one parish priest, Fr. David Adams: Our Lady and St. Joseph’s, Lymington (a fine Victorian church tucked away on the High Street between the shops), St. Anne’s Brockenhurst (where they have to close the gates during Mass in case animals wander in from the forest) and St. Francis of Assisi, Milford on Sea (a pretty village church just along from the green). The first thing that strikes me is the energy of Fr. David Adams! He has both Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses in Lymington, plus a 9 o’clock Mass in Milford and a Sunday evening Mass in Brockenhurst, in addition to weekday Masses and the care of three distinctive communities with their particular needs and a primary school. The parishes are small, yet vibrant and full of enthusiasm. I met with parochial representatives on Saturday evening after Mass to talk about mission and evangelisation. On Sunday afternoon, we had a holy hour of prayer with Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction for vocations. I then met with twenty young adults from across the parishes to talk about the future. The Pastoral Visitations follow the same template, which includes Sunday lunch with the clergy -  always a great moment to share together. Linda, Dr. David’s housekeeper, looked after us royally and we had a lively time! There is now a deacon in Lymington, Deacon Anthony Cairns, who moved into the area with his wife just before Christmas and also two retired priests, who help out, Fr. Peter Ryan and Fr. David Quarmby.



From Bishop Michael Bibi

Bishop Michael Bibi, auxiliary bishop of Bamenda, sent me the attached short video of General Tom Waldhauser, the US Marine Corps general who is the Commander of United States Africa Command, speaking about the situation in Bamenda. Click on the photo for it. Meanwhile, for most of the time, life in Bamenda goes on as normal, part from road blocks and ghost days. A number of people however have been displaced, their homes and villages burned down. Some live as refugees in the woods or with strangers who have offered to take them in. There are shortages of food, medicines and clothes. In response, the Archdiocese of Bamenda has set up in every parish an Ad Hoc Committee with a coordinating Ad Hoc Committee at archdiocesan level. These parish Committees are a true godsend. They enable people to share their own resources and they also, when they have them, dispense food, clothes and medical supplies to those in need: I am sure that the charitable works these Ad Hoc Committees enable will be remembered in the future by people of all religions: the Catholic Church helped them in their time of want and need.


It’s difficult to send out aid from here, but we can donate monies, however small or great, to the Ad Hoc Committees through our Bamenda Fund (cheques payable to Diocese of Portsmouth Bamenda Commission). £10 can supply warm clothing, £30 a huge sack of rice, £50 a range of medical supplies such as bandages, antibiotics, pain killers etc. Can you help? You can donate directly on our diocesan Bamenda Committee website or you could send a cheque – mark inside that you wish it to go to the Ad Hoc Committees – here to Bishop’s Office addressing the envelope to “The Bamenda Committee.” If you have any queries email the Chair, Colm Lennon or contact the Committee Treasurer, Deacon Gerard Dailly.



Fr. Mike Schmitz on Anti-Fragile Faith

Click on the picture for another input from SEEK2019 last month in Indianapolis. It’s from Fr. Mike Schmitz, the director of youth and young adult ministry for the Diocese of Duluth and chaplain for the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. (For his weekly homilies and podcasts, see iTunes and BulldogCatholic.org) He is an impressive and inspiring speaker and at SEEK2019, his presentations were all over-subscribed. Here in this one “Anti-Fragile Faith,” he begins with a very moving story about a youngster called Joe and the difficulties he had starting in life. How do we cope with real pain and suffering in life? Fr. Mike goes on to speak about Christian faith and Christian joy as being about much more than mere feelings. Faith is confidence in the Person of Jesus Christ and in the promises God makes. Joy is the sense of well-being that is the fruit of something else. It is the fruit of a life lived in God. A life “lived in God” is eminently practical. If a person lives their anti-fragile faith in every environment, they can experience the joy that thrives in any environment.



“Show the love” for our world by wearing a green heart this week!

This Valentine’s day (14th Feb) show your love for our earth by wearing a green heart and start a conversation about climate change. Maureen Thompson our parish volunteer in Emsworth explains why:

“One of the outcomes from my visit to climate change conference is that’s it’s really important that we all speak up.  The Climate Coalition Valentine’s Campaign which CAFOD is a part of is a really easy way to get involved. This idea is that you make a green heart and on it put something you love and want to protect from climate change. Then by wearing it you can start climate conversations encouraging others to get involved and think about how they can act to protect creation. I have been sewing my hearts for the last few weeks at my sewing club and have persuaded some of the other ladies to help me. I have also prepared a special badge of a cherry tree in blossom in spring to send to my MP to encourage him to take part. CAFOD is trying to encourage all MPs to sign up to the cross-party letter to commit to new legislation so that the UK no longer contributes to climate change. I hope he will wear my badge and that it will show him that tackling climate change is important to all of us.”


Please join the campaign there are postcards and stickers available to include everyone and also ideas for prayers and readings.


Maureen will be talking about her experience at the UN Climate Change summit (COP24) at the Lent fast day meeting on Thursday 21st February at St Margaret Mary Church Park Gate 7:15pm to 9pm Everyone is welcome. 



Would you like to be part of Havant Passion Play?

Would YOU like to be part of the largest open air community production in Havant Park on August 17th & 18th 2019? If you would like to find out more, you are invited to Havant Methodist Church, Petersfield Road  Havant PO9 2HU on Saturday 23rd February 2019 between 14.00-17.00 when ALL will be revealed!


This production is for the people and by the people.  No experience is necessary go along and meet the team, it will cost you nothing but time.  It doesn't matter where you come from, what experience you may, or may not have, they just need a willingness to participate. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter and www.havantpassionplays.org.uk



Monsignor Edwin Barnes RIP

Of your charity, pray for the repose of the soul of Monsignor Edwin Barnes, Priest of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham who died on 6th February, his 84th birthday. He was formerly an Anglican, beginning his Anglican ministry in 1961 at St Mark's North End, Portsmouth and he became the first Bishop of Richborough in 1995 until his retirement in 2001; he was succeeded by Monsignor Keith Newton, now Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Following Pope Benedict XVI's 2010 Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Cœtibus, Monsignor Barnes joined the Ordinariate when it was founded in 2011 and, shortly after his Reception into the Catholic Church, he was ordained both Deacon and Priest by Bishop Crispian Hollis here in Portsmouth. He previously ministered to the Bournemouth Ordinariate Group and assisted in New Milton before moving to Salisbury two years ago. Pope Benedict made him a Monsignor in 2012. He is survived by his wife of over fifty years, Jane.

Requiescat in pace.



Farnborough Hill reaches semi-final of Student Investor Challenge

A team of Year 12 and 13 Economists from Farnborough Hill school have battled their way into the Student Investor Challenge semi-finals, beating over 5,000 teams from schools around the UK and abroad. The Student Investor Challenge, run by The London Institute of Banking & Finance, challenges teams to invest virtual money on the London Stock Exchange and trade stocks and shares to make a profit. It is an online investment simulation for students aged 14-19 years old and helps students increase their understanding of how stock markets work and hone their investment skills.


LEKH Ltd. consisting of 4 team members (Hannah, Eryl, Katherine & Jessica) successfully invested virtual money and were positioned 118th in their strategic portfolio  (top 2%) after the first round of trading. Only the top 500 teams progress to the semi-finals. They’ll now go on to battle the remaining 499 teams to try and reach the final in London.


Dr Tytko, Teacher in charge, says:

“The valuable lessons the students have gained from participating is the insight that risks must be managed and not ignored. They have shown that as a team they can set risk objectives and manage those risks through purchasing an appropriately diversified portfolio.” 


Read more here.



Bishop Philip's Engagements              

Thursday 14th February

Clergy Day, Norton Hotel


Friday 15th February

Church Leaders Meeting, Bishop’s House


Saturday 16th February

St Valentine’s Day Event for Engaged Couples,


Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th February

Parish Visitation: Gosport



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 10th February


Diocesan Prayer: Benedictine Nuns in the Diocese


Monday 11th February

Our Lady of Lourdes, optional memorial

or: Feria [5th week in Ordinary Time]

National Prayer Cycle: World Day of Prayer for the Sick

Diocesan Prayer: All who are sick


Tuesday 12th February

Feria [5th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Community of Our Lady of Lourdes, Eastney


Wednesday 13th February

Feria [5th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Sisters of Maria Stella Matutina in the Diocese


Thursday 14th February

ST CYRIL, Religious & ST METHODIUS, Bishop, Patrons of Europe, feast

National Prayer Cycle: The people of Europe, especially of Eastern Europe

Diocesan Prayer: Those who do not believe in God


Friday 15th February

Feria [5th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Fair Trade Networks in the Diocese


Saturday 16th February

Our Lady on Saturday

or: Feria [5th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Priests no longer in active ministry


Sunday 17th February


National Prayer Cycle: Racial Justice

Diocesan Prayer: Servite Secular Institute


Forthcoming Events  

Saturday 16th February 

CAFOD Lent Fast Day briefing

St Thomas of Canterbury Cowes IoW 10:30 am to 12:30pm


Monday 18th February 

CAFOD Lent Fast Day briefing

Christ the King, Reading 7:15pm to 9pm


Wednesday 20th February

Fr John Lavers talks about the Apostleship of the Sea

St Patrick's Hayling Island, 6.30pm

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Thursday 21st February 

CAFOD Lent Fast Day briefing

St Margaret Mary, Park Gate 7:15pm to 9pm


Saturday 23rd February 

CAFOD Lent Fast Day briefing

St Bede’s, Basingstoke 10:30am to 1pm 


Saturday 23rd February

Poetry Reading with Four Poets
Quarr Abbey, IOW

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Saturday 23rd February

Alton Day of Renewal

Alton Convent

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Sunday 24th February

Bosco Experience

St Peter's Winchester

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Saturday 2nd March

First Saturday Devotions

St Mary's Gosport

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Saturday 2nd March

Marian Group 

St Mary's Gosport

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Tuesday 5th March 

CAFOD Lent Fast Day briefing

St Joseph’s, Newbury 7:15pm to 9pm


Friday 8th - Sunday 10th March

Monastic Experience Weekend

Quarr Abbey

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Saturday 9th March 

Rite of Election

St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth 11am


Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th March 

Cor Et Lumen Christi Community: "New Life in Christ"

Highfield House, Chertsey

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Saturday 30th March

Children’s Liturgy of the Word Training & Support Day

St James', Reading

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Thursday 4th - Sunday 7th April

Dowry of Mary Tour - Visit of the statue of 
Our Lady of Walsingham to St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth

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Saturday 6th April

First Saturday Devotions

St Mary's Gosport

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Saturday 6th April

Marian Group 

St Mary's Gosport

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Saturday 4th May

First Saturday Devotions

St Mary's Gosport

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Saturday 4th May

Marian Group 

St Mary's Gosport

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Saturday 1st June

First Saturday Devotions

St Mary's Gosport

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Saturday 1st June

Marian Group 

St Mary's Gosport

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Saturday 15th June

Children’s Liturgy of the Word Training & Support Day

St Edward the Confessor, Chandlers Ford

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Saturday 6th July

Significant Wedding Anniversaries Mass

St Bede's Basingstoke

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25th-30th July 2019

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

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Sunday 28th July – Saturday 3rd August 2019

Don Bosco Camp

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October 2019

Extraordinary Mission Month


8th-15th October 2019

Pilgrimage to Malta
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25th - 30th May 2020

Trip to Bavaria - Oberammergau and Lake Garda
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Job Vacancies    

Chief Operating Officer  

The Diocese is seeking a Chief Operating Officer to lead the entire business function of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth Trust (“The Charity”) to deliver the Bishop’s Vision. The Diocese includes 91 parishes, 53 schools and covers the area from Portsmouth to Windsor and from to Hungerford and Bournemouth and also includes the Channel Islands.


The COO will work closely with the Trustees of the Charity to convert the Bishop’s Vision into a Strategy from which a Financial Strategy will be developed. Working closely with the Chairs of each of the Vicariates, the holder will need to develop processes by which their respective strategies are implemented. 


The holder will provide leadership to all the staff that empowers them to identify the changes required to improve the efficiency of the business function thereby furthering the impact of the Bishop’s Vision in a cost-effective manner. The culture of the organisation will need to be developed in order to measure the success of various initiatives such that best value can be identified. 


The holder will support the Communications Director to develop communications across the administration of the diocese to create a more inclusive culture between the Diocesan organisation and the Parishes. 


The closing date for applications is 24th February 2019. 


Further information and application details



Parish Secretary / Administrator - St Colman with St Paul Parish

28 hours per week (initially 9am – 4.30pm Monday to Thursday)


St Colman’s with St. Paul Parish wishes to appoint a Parish Secretary/Administrator to work in the Parish Office. The role will be to facilitate the smooth running of the Parish Office and the Parish Halls and to provide secretarial support to Father Innaiah Maddineni.


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 and familiarity with reconciling accounts are essential.


Closing date for applications: Friday 15th February (12 Noon)

Interviews to be held: Monday 4th March (at St Colman’s, Cosham) 


For more information and how to apply see here.



Catholic Scripture Engagement Officer (Bible Society)
Swindon and home working
Minimum of 20 hours per week up to full-time, as preferred £21-25k pa pro rata plus flexible benefits


Bible Society is looking for a Catholic Scripture Engagement Officer who will focus on fulfilling its mission to bring the Bible to life within the context of the Catholic community in England and Wales. You will work with the Catholic Scripture Engagement Manager to enable deeper Scripture encounters in the Catholic community, including assisting with the preparation and delivery of our 2020 Bible Campaign. With an infectious passion for the Scriptures and a formal qualification or substantial experience in Theology, Religious Studies or Biblical Studies, you will nurture Scripture conversations with the Catholic community.


For more information and a job description, see here.


Closing date: Wednesday 27th February (midnight)

Interview date: Monday 11th March.




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.


The right candidate for our new Chief Operating Officer


That all we do in the diocese may bring people closer to Jesus Christ through His Church. 



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


Bishop of Portsmouth


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