Portsmouth Diocese e-News 

Tuesday 19th March 2019 - Issue 221 (2019/11)


Dear Friends,

Our Lenten journey is pleasantly ‘interrupted' today by the joyful feast day of St. Joseph, Guardian of Jesus and Husband of Mary. St. Joseph is the Protector of the Universal Church and so today would be a good day to pray for the Church in these turbulent times. Please say the Prayer to St. Joseph that I’ve posted below. Meanwhile, today many of us will be at St. Boniface’s in Southampton for the Requiem Mass for Canon Dermot MacDermot-Roe, a wonderful priest who was parish priest and dean of Southampton for many years. May he rest in peace. After that, I will be away for an overnight with a group of clergy, a time for prayer and reflection on our mission together. Have a happy Lent – Sr. Miriam has a helpful message for you if you click on her photo below! God bless you.        



Today is the Solemnity of St Joseph

Today, 19th March, is the Solemnity of St. Joseph. He is the Protector of the universal Church. Please say this prayer - written by Pope Leo XIII although very slightly adapted - to St. Joseph over the next nine days for the Church in these turbulent times, within and without. It makes a good prayer to say after Mass.


To you, St. Joseph, we turn for refuge in our troubles,

confidently invoking your protection.

By that charity which made you one with God’s immaculate Virgin Mother,

and by that fatherly love with which you embraced the Child Jesus,

we humbly pray and beseech you

to look with kindness upon the heritage

which Jesus Christ has purchased with His Blood.

Help us in our needs by your power and strength.

Ever watchful guardian of the Holy Family,

protect the chosen people of Jesus Christ.

Most loving father, keep us free from all error and corruption.

Mightiest Defender, from your place in heaven,

be our ally in this conflict with the powers of darkness,

and as of old, you rescued the Child Jesus from mortal hazard,

so now defend God’s holy Church from the enemy’s wiles and from all harm.

Keep us united under your continual protection so that,

uplifted by your help and example, we may lead a holy life,

die a godly death and one day win immortal happiness in heaven. Amen.



'The God Who Speaks': A Year of the Word

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has designated 2020 as 'The God Who Speaks': A Year of the Word to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini - Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’, and the 1600th anniversary of death of St Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin. Therefore, 2020 will be a year of celebrating, living and sharing God's word, through a range of events, activities and resources, available nationally and in our Diocese of Portsmouth. Where does the Bible fit into your daily life? Ahead of 2020 Year of the Word, we would like to hear how people currently make use of Holy Scripture. The information, which is submitted anonymously, will help us to plan events and resources that will help you and those you meet to hear more effectively God who speaks to us through his word. Please take part in our 'The God who Speaks' survey, and pass it around to the Catholics you know:  Thank you for taking part in our survey.




Scott Hahn reflects on 3rd Sunday in Lent

In the Church, we are made children of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God who makes known His name and His ways to Moses in Sunday’s First Reading. Mindful of His covenant with Abraham, God came down to rescue His people from the slave drivers of Egypt. Faithful to that same covenant, He sent Jesus to redeem all lives from destruction, as the Psalm tells us. Paul says in the Second Reading that God’s saving deeds in the Exodus were written down for the Church, intended as a prelude and foreshadowing of our own Baptism by water, our liberation from sin, our feeding with spiritual food and drink. Yet the events of the Exodus were also given as a “warning”—that being children of Abraham is no guarantee that we will reach the promised land of our salvation. At any moment, Jesus warns in the Gospel, we could perish—not as God’s punishment for being “greater sinners”—but because, like the Israelites in the wilderness, we stumble into evil desires, fall into grumbling, forget all His benefits.


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



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

“The purpose of time” - 3rd Sunday of Lent, Year C (Luke 13:1-9)

In the Lord of the Rings, Gandalf tells Frodo: “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus tells us something very similar. Time is given to us by God so that we can grow in truth and love, so that we can come closer to him who has come close to us in Jesus. In sending his Son and his Spirit, the Father has given us everything we need to make our journey of faith, hope and love in this life. How will we use our time? What will we decide to do? Jesus reminds us that the gift has been given, and now the choice is ours.


We’ll reflect on:

Faith: Seeing the daily reality, choices and decisions of our life from the perspective of eternity.

Hope: Never losing hope on the journey, in spite of the bad decisions we can make.       
Love: Choosing to love, in the very ordinary events of life.   


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



A Brief Message from Sr. Miriam Heidland

Click on the picture for a brief video message from Sr. Miriam Heidland SOLT. We met Sr. Miriam, a missionary Sister of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), at SEEK2019 in Indianapolis this last January where she gave a moving and inspiring testimony about her own faith-journey and conversion. Sr. Miriam is frequently asked to speak at events. She has served on various SOLT missions in Rome, Seattle and Texas and works with primary schools and parishes, as well as coaching high school volleyball and co-hosting a Catholic radio program. She gained an MA in Theology from the Augustine Institute. This short piece is called How to focus your Lent on Jesus. In it, she talks about what might be consuming us and shares some tips on how to refocus things on what is essential. I pray that her message may find a resonance with you as we enter the Second Week of Lent. May it help you on your Lenten journey towards renewal and holiness.




Jennifer Geach reflects... 

There are some hymns which are more instructive than devotional, and often these offer important reminders of the truths taught in the Catholic religion.  One of these begins 'The Church's one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord'.  This statement offers a corrective to some of the ferment which followed Vatican II.  One of the unfortunate side effects of this ferment was that people started being picky about what kind of liturgy they attended, for initially (and still, I fear in some parts of the world) novelty in liturgy and worship had tremendous sway, and it started to matter what priest was saying Mass.  Whereas the Tridentine Liturgy was one long act of obedience on the part of the priest, in which his every gesture was mandated, the Novus Ordo appeared to allow all sorts of novelties, and some people exploited this permissiveness to import bad translations, heterodox activities, and worse heterodox beliefs.  

There then seemed to be an idea that the Church had the power to introduce new teachings, or to change old ones.  Insofar as this idea persists, it is wholly wrong.  For either the Church is handing on the teachings of Christ himself, handed on to us through the Apostles: or her teachings are of no importance at all, but merely man-made opinion about right conduct and right worship.  The Church has no power whatever to change teaching, or to introduce new teachings: either her authority is the authority of Christ, or it is no authority at all. The rage and hatred that the secular world expresses towards some of the teachings of the Church give witness to the validity of her claim to be mater et magistra not only of her own community, but of the entire world.


Read the full reflection here



From Deacon Martin

Last week, via the wonders of technology, I saw the first crawl of my 9 month old granddaughter.  My daughter used her phone to quickly capture Maria’s attempt, then popped the video on email, to allow us to share the joy of this little milestone.  It was beautiful to see the determination on this small child’s face, and her delight as she discovered what results could be achieved by moving herself, to grab toys on the other side of the room.


For the last two weeks, I have been talking about making our efforts work in co-operation with the Lord’s action.  But the scripture readings of the 3rd Sunday of Lent also remind us that while God will always act, we do need to make our own effort – to respond to His initiative.


Jesus’s parable of the fig tree is different in Luke’s Gospel (Lk 13:1‑9), compared to Mark’s (Mk 11:11-14) and Matthew’s (Mt 21:18-19) accounts.  Luke’s version emphasises that the Lord is, as the Psalmist says, “slow to anger and rich in mercy” (Ps 103:8).  Nevertheless, even the Lord’s mercy demands a response from us, so that it can bear fruit.  It is a mystery that despite God being all‑powerful, He chooses to offer us the freedom to accept or reject His offer of love – to co-operate with His grace (Catechism 1993, 2002).  There is a mutuality, a two‑sidedness, to our relationship with Him, even though we are not at all equals.


Read more here



Singers and Musicians Welcome!

The last call for help! Can you sing? Are you a musician? Would you be willing to help at the Chrism Mass this Holy Week?


The Chrism Mass is the special Liturgy in Holy Week at which the Bishop blesses the three Holy Oils for use in the Sacraments: the Oil of Catechumens, the Oil of the Blessing of the Sick and the Oil of Chrism. The blessing of the Holy Oils is one of the most ancient ceremonies of the Church and it’s always celebrated in the Cathedral with the priests, deacons, religious and lay people of the diocese. During it, all the priests make a renewal of their commitment to priestly service. This year, the Chrism Mass is at 11 o’clock in the Cathedral on Tuesday 16th April. Chris Olding has generously agreed to be the Director of Music for this year’s celebration. Besides the organ, we’re hoping this time to have a small orchestra and music group, alongside an ad hoc choir of volunteers from across the diocese. The music this year will be a blend of old and new, but with an emphasis on beauty – only the best for the Lord! At the moment Chris is finalising the schedule of music, but he is appealing for singers and musicians willing to assist. He intends to arrange a practice one evening in a couple of weeks’ time, probably in the Eastleigh area. If you would be willing to help or want further information, please email Martin Ryan who is helping with registration.



Statue of Our Lady of Walsingham comes to the Cathedral

Next year, on 25th March 2020, the Feast of the Annunciation, England is going to be rededicated as the ‘Dowry of Mary’ and in preparation for this the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham will be visiting our Cathedral in a few week’s time, from 4th to 7th April. Click on the picture for a brief message about this from Mgr. John Armitage, director of the national shrine in Walsingham. The title “Dowry of Mary’ goes back to St. Edward the Confessor (d. 1066). There is no doubt, about the deep devotion to Our Lady that existed in medieval England, and the fame of Walsingham and other medieval English Shrines of Our Lady throughout Europe are a strong testimony to this devotion. It was in 1381 that our country was ‘officially’ dedicated to Her by King Richard II. The aim of the rededication in 2020 is to seek the help of the Mother of God in building a strong spiritual foundation for the New Evangelisation. We call upon Our Lady to guide and protect our country in the years to come, that our people may work together to face the challenges of our times, as we work to build a Common Good.


During the course of 2018 to 2020 as part of the preparation for the re-dedication, the statue of Our Lady from the Slipper Chapel at the Catholic National Shrine in Walsingham is being taken to every Cathedral in England for a three-day triduum of prayer. Each visit takes place between a Thursday and Saturday. Here in the Diocese of Portsmouth, the Statue will be at the Cathedral from 4th to 7th April.


The event timetable is now available here.



Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Our diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes is filling up so if you are thinking of joining us, please act soon! Click on the picture for my invitation. The pilgrimage lasts five days, from Thursday 25th July to Monday 29th July 2019 with 4 nights’ accommodation near the Grotto in the Hotel La Solitude. We fly from Southampton to Bordeaux, then there is a coach transfer from there to Lourdes. The cost, which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner each day with a full pilgrimage programme, facilitated by Joe Walsh Tours in conjunction with the Diocese of Portsmouth, is £645. This also includes the usual airline taxes and charges, UK government levy and Lourdes city tax. In conjunction with the main pilgrimage is our diocesan youth pilgrimage. The youth will be staying with us in Hotel La Solitude. They will be leading some of the liturgies and generally assisting, as well as having their own programme of formation, prayer and fun. The youth pilgrimage lasts 7 days from Wednesday 24th to Tuesday 30th July and travels by coach. The youth pilgrimage costs £475 per person. For more details, see here or contact Fr. PJ Smith on 07780 221686 or by e-mail.




Living Simply and in Solidarity with the Poor

Do you want to put your faith into action? Do you want to be a parish that looks outwards and helps those in need? This joint conference from CAFOD and Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth will show you practical ways of doing exactly that. By learning more about CAFOD's Living Simply award and Caritas's social action projects you can help your parish or community group to become more outward looking. So come along to St. Peters in Winchester on Saturday 4th May for the Living Simply and in Solidarity with the Poor conference and learn how to truly put your faith into living action.


You can find out more here.


"I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth and not ruled by it."

Pope Francis to the World Economic Forum. 



Visiting our Students in Rome

Last Monday afternoon, I went to Rome to visit our seminarians at the Venerable English College and the Beda College. The students belong to an inspiring tradition, as this plaque outside the Martyrs’ Chapel in the VEC indicates. We have four students at the VEC (Matthew King, Anthony Fyk, Oliver Welsford and Edward Hauschild) together with Fr. James McAuley who is on the staff, and we have one student, Kevin Conmee, at the Beda. It was great to visit them, pray with them, spend time with them and support them. It was also an opportunity to meet with the formation staff responsible for their progress. The students have a busy timetable. Morning Prayer is at 6.45 am and Community Mass, at which I was the Chief Celebrant, at 7 o’clock. We had a great meal out that evening in one of the local trattorie: daringly, Kevin came over on his bike -  despite the Roman traffic and the wet cobbles! After spending Tuesday in the English College, I then transferred to the Beda, near St. Pauls Outside the Walls, for meetings on Wednesday morning. After lunch, Fr. John Metcalfe, the Pastoral Director of the College kindly took me back to the airport for home.



Could you host a Lenten Lunch for Seafarers?

Why not host a Lenten lunch to support the work of Apostleship of the Sea with seafarers? Prepare a simple meal and invite some friends to lunch together, at home, in your Church Hall, local school, or in your workplace. Raise funds by asking for donations towards the meal. Get in touch with us and we’ll provide you with posters, leaflets and other resources. Please email Annie or phone 020 7901 1931. More details here


Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) provides spiritual support, a listening ear and friendship to seafarers arriving at ports in the Diocese. Last year AoS port chaplains and ship visitors in the Diocese visited 733 ships and assisted 16,126 seafarers and fishermen. Faith resources were provided to 212 ships including celebrating Mass for seafarers.




Thank you from CAFOD

Jo Lewry, Community Participation Coordinator CAFOD Portsmouth sends thanks for your support on Lenten Fast Day...


Many thanks to all our parish volunteers who spoke at Mass last weekend. I am really grateful to you for telling your fellow parishioners about our work and sharing Mahinur’s story with them.  Unfortunately, there are many families around our world like Mahinur’s who are struggling to get enough to eat. At CAFOD we believe that no one should go hungry and because we are a member of Caritas Internationalis (a network of over 160 Catholic agencies) we know we have the potential to reach all those in need. But we need your help to do this so please donate to our Lent family fast day collection. Don’t forget you can always donate online just click here.


I would like to say a special thank you to pupils from St Edmund Campion Primary in Maidenhead (click on the picture for more) who spoke at all the Sunday Masses at St Edmund Campion Church. It is so fantastic when young people get involved in our work and want to support their brothers and sisters living in poverty overseas.


Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to the Lent family fast day collection.



Portsmouth Cathsoc Lenten log lugging!

Fr Phil Carroll, Catholic Chaplain to Portsmouth University writes...
The Sisters of the Morning Star (Grayshott) called upon the Portsmouth University Catholic Society to offer a helping hand in moving a few logs. The students were somewhat surprised to find 14 trees worth of logs, weighing an excess of 5 tons awaiting them. Still the season of Lent and its call for works of charity fired up the students to soldier on. The sisters worked along side, some wielding chainsaws and after a hard days work the tons logs were moved. The students returned home with muscles aching but delighted to have been able to work with and pray with the Sisters, gaining a brief look into this grace filled community. Many thanks to the students for their hard work and if anyone would like any logs moving then you know where to find them!




Christ the King College IoW

Last Thursday, together with Fr. PJ Smith, I went to the Isle of Wight for a visit to Christ the King College in Newport. The College is a joint Anglican-Catholic school and sixth-form and I liaise regularly with Bishop Christopher, the Church of England Bishop of Portsmouth, over its life and development. Christ the King is undergoing a major rebuilding programme and Matthew Quinn, the Executive Head and Noreen Ward, Head of School, led us on a tour of the work in progress, due for completion in the summer. The new building is much needed as presently the school extends across two sites and is need of the extra space and modern facilities. The Head Boy and Head Girl showed us around the rest of the school with everyone busy about their work. The morning ended with a seminar in the sixth-form on the existence of God and the relationship of science and religion. They had sent in interesting questions: e.g. Are we God's experiment? Is it wise to wait for God to heal or should we turn to science? Is God bound by the laws of physics? Did God use science to create the universe? Does the guidance in the Bible apply to modern scientific advances, that did not exist 2000 years ago? Was the fruit from the tree of knowledge, scientific knowledge? Afterwards, it was pleasure to meet for lunch with the Chair of Governors and some of the teaching staff, together with Fr. Emmanuel Odoemene (Catholic chaplain), Fr. Joe Gruszkiewicz (Coordinating Pastor) and Mrs. Maggie Sanderson, Head of St. Thomas of Canterbury Primary School.



Hockey Success at Our Lady's Abingdon 

It’s been a winning week in the Junior School of Our Lady’s Abingdon. The girls’ football team played against Blewbury on Tuesday and put in a great performance to win 3-0. This was their last game in their successful run of league fixtures and a wonderful way to end. They have improved so much this year and should be really proud of their performance!


The Year 6 hockey team played in the Vale Schools In2Hockey competition at Tilsley Park on Wednesday March 6th. Competing against 17 schools from across the Vale of the White Horse, our wonderful team won the competition and have qualified for the county final in April. They played some fantastic hockey, conceding only two goals in the whole competition and scoring a whopping 16! Well done to all of the students involved: we are so proud of you and are looking forward to the finals!






"Riverdance" comes to Southampton school

Michael Edwards, former Lead of 'Riverdance', practices basic Irish steps with the children of St. Mary's Independent School in Southampton (click on the image for the full group). They and their families filled the dining hall to capacity celebrating St. Patrick's Eve. Everything Irish was available including  a traditional Irish stew fully prepared on the spot by the school chef and his staff, and enjoyed by the 150 who braved the elements to enjoy the Saturday evening.


St. Mary’s was established in 1922 by the Brothers of Christian Instruction and the Lamennais Brothers still attend events during the year. The Brothers were founded in 1819 to educate the working class in impoverished France and later the congregation extended their mission into Bulgaria, Turkey, Egypt, Spain, England, Canada, and the United States. Today, the Brothers number more than 1,300 in 25 countries, living out their commitment to providing a values-based Catholic education to all who seek it. In this way St Mary’s Independent School in Southampton is connected worldwide to sister schools of which there are 124 in 26 countries. For more information about them see: www.lamennais.org.



Mother Bernadette Murphy RIP

Mother Bernadette Murphy of the Convent of Mercy at Cordier Hill, Guernsey died peacefully on Sunday 10th March  surrounded by her community and family. Her Funeral Mass was held at St Joseph and St Mary Catholic Church in St Peter Port yesterday.


Mother Bernadette was born on 5th February, 1923, in Kilmaley, Ennis, Co. Clare, and was christened Rita. She was not yet sixteen when she came to Guernsey in the August of 1938. As Europe descended into the nightmare of the Second World War, her Superior at the convent, Mother Columba, offered her the chance to return to the safety of her family home, but she refused, choosing instead to remain with the Sisters of Mercy, definitively throwing in her lot with the nuns of Cordier Hill. With the completion of her novitiate training and study, she made her First Profession on 14th August, 1941 and her Perpetual Profession on the same day in 1945. Her strength of character and her clear sense of direction must have become obvious to the members of her religious community when all the nuns of the convent re-assembled after the war – for five had been sent to accompany the children who were evacuated to England. Following the death of Mother Columba, Sister Bernadette - as she then was – was elected Reverend Mother in 1956.


She was Head of Cordier Hill School until she retired in 1987 and in 2009, she was presented with the Bene Merenti medal by Pope Benedict XVI for her service to the Church and Guernsey’s education.



Fr Angelo Phillips RIP

Fr Angelo Phillips died on 12th March. He was well known by both Portsmouth Diocese clergy and parishioners on the Isle of Wight, as for many years he has undertaken holiday cover in various parishes and worked with the Verbum Dei community. Please pray for the repose of Fr Angelo’s soul and remember his family and friends in your prayers at this time. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.


The funeral arrangements are as follows:

Monday 25th March 6.00pm.
Reception of Fr Angelo’s body into St Robert’s Church, Robert Street, Harrogate, HG1 1HP followed by Mass.


Tuesday 26th March 12.00 noon
Funeral Mass, St Robert’s Church, Robert Street, Harrogate, HG1 1HP.



Bishop Philip's Engagements                

Tuesday 19th March

Funeral Mass for Rev Canon Dermot McDermot-Roe,

St Boniface Church, Southampton


Tuesday 19th - Wednesday 20th March

Clergy Overnight, Southampton  


Thursday 21st March 

Coordinating Pastors Meeting  


Friday 22nd March 

Scripture Engagement meeting, Portsmouth  


Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th March

Parish Visitation: Holy Family, Southampton


Monday 25th March 

Installation of Bishop Robert Byrne,

St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle.  


Thursday 28th March 

Chapter of Canons Meeting  


Friday 29th - Saturday 30th March

Selection Conference, Douai Abbey 



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 17th March


Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Joseph, Bracknell


Monday 18th March

Monday of the 2nd Week of Lent (Commemoration of St Cyril of Jerusalem)

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Joseph, Basingstoke


Tuesday 19th March

ST JOSEPH, Solemnity

Diocesan Prayer: The Holy Father (Pontificate inaugurated 19.3.2013);

Parish of Immaculate Conception & St Joseph, Christchurch (dedicated 19.3.1993)

Ruby Jubilee: Mgr Vincent Harvey (ordained 19.3.1979)


Wednesday 20th March

Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Lent

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Joseph, Basingstoke


Thursday 21st March

Thursday of the 2nd Week of Lent

Diocesan Prayer: Benedictines in the Diocese (English Congregation, Solesmes, Subiaco)


Friday 22nd March

Friday of the 2nd Week of Lent

Diocesan Prayer: The “Ascent” movement, for the spirituality of older people


Saturday 23rd March

Saturday of the 2nd Week of Lent (Commemoration of St Turibius of Mogrovejo)

Diocesan Prayer: The work of the John Henry King Fund

Archbishop John Henry King, 4th Bishop of Portsmouth (RIP 1965)


Sunday 24th March


National Prayer Cycle: All Penitents

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption, Hedge End (dedicated 23.3.1984)


Forthcoming Events    

Friday 22nd-Sunday 24th March

Guided weekend retreat: 

“The Road Less Travelled”

Carmelite Priory, Boars Hill, Oxford OX1 5HB

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Friday 29th-Sunday 31st March

Guided weekend retreat: 

“The Cross and the Glory of Christ”

Carmelite Priory, Boars Hill, Oxford OX1 5HB

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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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Monday 8th April

Winchester Catholic History Group meeting

"Rubens & the Counter Reformation"

The Milner Hall, St Peter Street, Winchester SO23 8BW

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Friday 12th - Sunday 14th April

"Come and See" weekend

Minster Abbey Benedictine Nuns

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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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Monday 13th May

Winchester Catholic History Group meeting

"‘Los Reyos Catolicos’ -
Isabel of Castile & Ferdinand of Aragon"

The Milner Hall, St Peter Street, Winchester SO23 8BW

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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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Monday 3rd June

Winchester Catholic History Group meeting

"The Impact of the Black Death (1348 -1349)
on the Diocese of Winchester"

The Milner Hall, St Peter Street, Winchester SO23 8BW

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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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Monday 1st July

Winchester Catholic History Group meeting

"Thomas Cranmer - Who was he?"

(Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch)

Venue TBC

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Saturday 6th July

Significant Wedding Anniversaries Mass

St Bede's Basingstoke

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25th-30th July 

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

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Sunday 28th July – Saturday 3rd August 

Don Bosco Camp

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Monday 29th July - Friday 2nd August

Frassati Pilgrimage to Turin and Oropa

in the Footsteps of Bl Pier Giorgio

Read more


Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th August

St John Paul II Walking Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Read more


Monday 19th - Friday 23rd August

An Amazing Adventure

Fanning the Flame Summer Camp

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Monday 16th - Thursday 26th September 

Pilgrimage to The Eucharistic Miracles &
the special saints of Italy 

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October 2019

Extraordinary Mission Month


Wednesday 2nd - Tuesday 8th October

Pilgrimage to Knock, Co. Mayo

Further details from Fr Tom Grufferty


8th-15th October 

Pilgrimage to Malta
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25th - 30th May 2020

Trip to Bavaria - Oberammergau and Lake Garda
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Job Vacancies    

Cathedral Centre Events and Catering Manager

Salary:  £12.00 per hour for 20 hours per week


A new opportunity has arisen at St John’s Cathedral Centre, Portsmouth, to cater for Cathedral annual events and a daily hospitality offering.  Working with the existing team of staff and volunteers the successful candidate will be responsible for seeking opportunities for growth both within the diocesan community and with external customers.

Initially the contract will be offered for two years.  The successful candidate will have a sound appreciation of the ministry of welcome and hospitality and be a practising Catholic. They should hold the appropriate qualifications for a catering manager or prepared to obtain them and have experience of managing a budget, creation and delivery of basic menus, and able to work efficiently and effectively.


Closing date for applications:  31st March 2019


Director of Music & Pastoral Musician, Didcot and Wallingford

We are seeking to appoint a Director of Music & Pastoral Musician for the parishes of English Martyrs, Didcot and St John, Wallingford. The Director of Music and Pastoral Musician needs to be a competent organist and experienced choir trainer. He/she needs to be able to work with, help organise other musicians and be sensitive to the needs of the parishes. Principal duties include playing the organ or keyboard at two Masses each week (either Didcot or Wallingford, depending on the Sunday), working with, directing and developing the other musicians and singers in both parishes and liaising with the parish priest. A new initiative will be establishing a children’s choir and, in time, an adult choir. (Full details in Job Description.)


Hours per week: (on average over a year) with the possibility of more when an adult choir is established: 8 hours

Salary: £7,360 p.a. (based on £20.00 p/h)


Fees: Funeral £50 (negotiable), Wedding £150 (negotiable), Baptism (when required if not part of Sunday Mass) £40.00.


Closing Date for Applications:  Monday 1st April 2019

Interviews to be held week commencing:  Monday 8th April 2019 


For more details and an application form please see our Vacancies page 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, especially Canon Dermot MacDermot-Roe, Mother Bernadette Murphy and Fr Angelo Phillips; 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 and for those to be ordained or professed in the coming months.

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: executiveassistant@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk 


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


Bishop of Portsmouth


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