Portsmouth Diocese e-News 

Wednesday 17th April 2019 - Issue 225 (2019/15)


Dear Friends,

Let me wish you herewith a very happy holy Week and Easter with all the Lord’s blessings and the gift of eternal life! e-News is not being published next week because of the holiday, so I wish you well, here and now, over these next days. One of the great things this weekend is our new diocesan magazine Viva Voce (see below) which you should receive in your parishes over the Easter weekend. It has “AR” (‘Augmented Reality’) as part of it, for which you will need to download the new diocesan App. AR is going to be great, especially for noticeboards! It’ll be possible to bring notices and newsletters to life by scanning over the page with the App and then video messages and other features will spring to life. We are, I believe, the first Diocese in Europe using this technology on this scale and it promises for us an exciting future! By the way, I hope you like Viva Voce. This edition is very much a pilot issue and Chris Smith, our Communications Director, is inviting your feedback as to what you would like. Meanwhile, have a blessed Easter. Let’s remember the Church in France in our prayers after the disastrous fire at Notre Dame. And please pray for me too. God bless you all.



Diocesan AR App brings new Viva Voce magazine to life

This week marks the release of brand new diocesan magazine Viva Voce, sharing the inspiring stories of local people doing extraordinary things across the diocese. A digital version of the Viva Voce magazine can be found at www.vivavoce.uk.


The release is set to coincide with the launch of new app ‘Viva Voce AR’.


As the only diocese in Europe to be using AR (augmented reality) technology, we want Viva Voce to be an interactive experience for readers, with its information brought to life through videos, podcasts, animation and so much more.


Our vision is to bring people closer to Jesus Christ through His Church, and to achieve this, there is no better way to accompany prayer than by sharing the witness of our very own people giving their time to the Church, their faith and to others.


We are inspired by our faithful and we want to tell you all about it.


Read more here...



Holy Week at the Cathedral

Click on the picture of the Cathedral for a brief video from Chris Stefanick, talking about why the Mass is so central to everything we do as Catholics. This, of course, is Holy Week and our spiritual life reaches its summit in the Triduum, the sacred Three Days, beginning later this week on Holy Thursday evening. This last Sunday was Palm Sunday, when we celebrated the Lord’s entry into Jerusalem and heard the Gospel of the Passion. In the Gospel at Mass yesterday, Monday, Jesus went to Bethany, where, alluding to His burial, Mary anointed His feet with costly oil. Yesterday, Tuesday, Jesus was at supper, troubled that one of The Twelve will betray Him and another deny Him. Then today, Wednesday, Judas ‘seals the deal’ to hand Him over. The Triduum begins on Thursday. I will be celebrating the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 2000h, with watching until midnight afterwards in the Cathedral Centre. The Sacred Three Days form, as it were, one single liturgical celebration, of the Lord’s Passover, His death and resurrection. The Passion on Good Friday takes place in the Cathedral at 1500h and then, after the Lord’s descent into hell on Holy Saturday, the Easter Vigil celebrates the glory of His resurrection. This year we have a number of people being baptised and received into full communion at the Vigil, which takes place in the Cathedral at 2000h.  On Easter Sunday, I am saying the 12 noon Mass. I wish you all this week a very blessed week and, when it comes, all the joys of Easter.



Next Sunday's Gospel

Next Sunday is Easter Sunday and the Gospel is from John 20:1-9. Here we give it in the Anglicised English Standard Version (ESVUK) translation with a link to a commentary by the well-known biblical scholar and apologist, Dr. Scott Hahn.


The Resurrection

20 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going towards the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there,and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.


Read Scott Hahn's commentary here.   



Victimae Paschali Laudes

A superb Sequence (a piece of catechetical poetry placed after the second Reading at mass but before the Gospel Acclamation) is appointed for use at Mass on Easter Sunday (and optionally each day of the Octave until the Second Sunday of Easter inclusive). Click on the picture to hear it sung by the Benedictine monks of the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Fontgombault (France). Its authorship is disputed, some saying it was written in 12th century by Adam of St. Victor. It is a series of dialogues. The first requests praise for the Lamb, Who has redeemed His flock, the innocent Christ, Who has reconciled sinners with God. The next stanza is a dialogue between Mary Magdalene and the Apostles about the Risen Lord, the last, a hymn to the triumphant Christ. Here is a free translation: To the Paschal victim let Christians offer up their songs of praise. The Lamb has redeemed the sheep: Christ Who is without sin has reconciled sinners to the Father. Death and life have fought a huge battle; The Prince of Life was dead, but lives and reign! Tell us, Mary, what did you see on your way? The tomb of Christ, who is alive, and I saw the glory of his rising, Angels standing as witnesses, the shroud and linen cloth. Christ my hope has risen: He has gone to Galilee before you. Truly, we know that Christ has risen from the dead: O King and Victor, have mercy on us. Amen. Alleluia. I wish you from next weekend a very Happy Easter!



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

Why look among the dead for someone who is alive? (Luke 24:1-12)
Easter Sunday – Gospel of the Easter Vigil

This Wednesday in our webinar we’ll look at the coming sacred days – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday – in the light of the Resurrection of Jesus. In St Luke’s gospel which will be read during the Easter Vigil, the angel tells the women to remember what Jesus had told them when they were in Galilee, how he would rise again after being crucified. In the liturgy, we not only remember the saving actions of God in Jesus, his passion, death and resurrection, but we are made present to them and we are transformed by them. We’ll reflect on:

Faith: How can the memorial of the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection give meaning to our life?

Hope: How can the certainty that Jesus is alive give us hope?  

Love: How can we pass on this hope to those who live without?    


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



Jennifer Geach reflects... 

When Our Saviour was bleeding and dying for our sake upon the Cross which is our bridge to salvation, he spoke seven times.  The number 7 is significant for it was in seven days that God made the world, and Christ in remaking the world by his passion says seven things.  It is good to reflect on all of these, but I want to focus on one.  When his passion was nearly done, he cried out ‘I thirst’, and they gave him vinegar on a sponge.  St Therese of Lisieux considered that when Christ said this, he was not talking only about physical thirst, but also about the thirst that he has for souls.  The whole dreadful scene of the Crucifixion is about this astonishing thirst that God has for us.  As St Catherine of Sienna exclaims ‘Thou loving madman! Was it not enough for thee to become incarnate, that thou must also die?’ God’s love for each one of us individually is so passionate, so great, so all encompassing, that he was willing to become man, and as that man to suffer so greatly that when he was preparing himself for his Passion, he pleaded with his Father that the cup should pass from him.  His plea was vehement, his desperation intense:  his sweat was like drops of blood falling on the ground.  The three hours agony on the cross is familiar to us all: but this bitter and solitary anguish in the Garden may be less so. However, even as he pleads with his Father to let the cup pass, his will was always that the Father’s will should be done: ‘not my will but thine’. 


Read more



From Deacon Martin

Recently, a faithful parishioner asked me why so much of the Easter Vigil is occupied with Baptism. They observed that it was wonderful that in our parish, we have 8 people being received into the Church, but they wondered, since we have no-one being baptised this year, why does so much of the ritual and prayers recall our own Baptism – when there’s already so much else going on?


I think this was a very insightful question; and my answer is: Baptism gives us a “lens” through which we can view the whole of the Paschal Triduum. In the epistle at the Vigil, the Apostle Paul says: “When we were baptised in Christ Jesus, we were baptised in His death; in other words, …we went into the tomb with Him.” (Rom 6:3). And the Apostle goes on to conclude that we “must consider [our]selves to be dead to sin, but alive for God in Christ Jesus” (Rom 6:11). Paul uses the phrase “In Christ” 83 times in his letters: it is his shorthand for the intimate identification with Jesus that he possesses himself, and wishes for everyone else.  And Baptism is the initial sacramental means, by which we are “configured” to Christ (Catechism 1272), “clothed” in Christ (Gal 3:27) – as He, in his Incarnation, Passion, Death and Resurrection, has identified Himself radically with us. Therefore, I invite you to enter into the Paschal Triduum as an extended spiritual exercise, in identifying powerfully with the person of Jesus Christ  – in order, through the Paschal Mystery, to become more like Him, and therefore “alive for God in Christ Jesus”.


So Who is the Christ Who is presented to us during the Triduum? Read on...



Pilgrimage to Lourdes

We now have over 100 pilgrims signed up for our Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage, with some already on the reserve list for next year! Currently, we are looking into arranging additional places, but the cut-off date is fast approaching - 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. It includes 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 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. They will be staying with us in Hotel La Solitude. The youth pilgrimage costs £475 per person. 


For more details, see here, contact Fr. PJ Smith on 07780 221686 or by e-mail: lourdes@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk



Havant and Emsworth Grounded in Prayer 

In late autumn 2018 a group of ten pilgrims from St. Joseph’s, Havant and SS Thomas’s, Emsworth Parish undertook a Week of Accompanied Prayer led by the Diocesan Spiritual Formation team.


Held within a parish, the purpose of a Week of Accompanied Prayer is to help each pilgrim discern where God is working in their life. After an initial gathering meeting, pilgrims committed themselves to spending individual time daily on personal prayer. This was supported with a daily meeting with their designated Prayer Companion who walked with the pilgrim on their prayer journey during the week. The week concluded with a Mass and closing session. Seeds sown during the week have now led to the pilgrims forming a Christian Life Community (CLC) group within the parish. This fledgling group, with initial support from the Spiritual Formation team and the CLC group in Boscombe, has begun to meet on a regular basis so that they may continue and support each other in their prayer practices. For more information on a Week of Accompanied Prayer please contact the Spirituality Team:




Chrism Mass

Yesterday morning I celebrated the annual Chrism Mass in the Cathedral with over 100 priests and deacons of the diocese and supported by a packed congregation of laity and religious from across the diocese. It was a joy-filled celebration with a varied selection of musical styles from Latin chant to more contemporary settings.


At this Mass the priests of the diocese renew the promises they make at their ordination to be more united to Jesus and to be faithful stewards of the mysteries of God. As I said in my homily: "For us priests the Chrism Mass is special in two ways. First, it’s a moment in which, together with our deacons, we thank God for our vocation and we renew the promises we once made. When a priest is ordained, he makes six promises: to be an unfailing servant, to teach the Catholic faith, to celebrate the Liturgy reverently, to be a man of constant prayer, to put Jesus at the centre, and to be obedient to the Bishop."


To read my homily and view some photos from the Mass, see here



Lent Day of Prayer

Last Wednesday, 10th April 2019, many of our Diocesan Clergy took part in a Lent Day of Prayer and Recollection at Douai Abbey. It was a great day and despite the construction work going on, Douai was as ever a great place for prayer. The day was led by the Redemptorist priest, Fr. Denis McBride. He gave us an excellent presentation about the Prophet Jonah, an unlikely hero, but one we might do well to reflect on in Lent. He was clearly recalling his recent book, Journeying with Jonah: The Struggle to find Yourself (Redemptorist Publications, 2015 [978-0852314388]). He depicted Jonah as a sympathetic partner, albeit a curious one, to help us review our lives. Although a believer in God, “Jonah struggles to come to terms with the awful strangeness of God's choices, particularly God's mercy; he grapples to find his true self and purpose in life; he tries to flee from the presence of God; he is angry when he finds that God is not angry but all merciful. Jonah is offered to us as an unusual teacher - awkward, reluctant, disobedient, opinionated, fearful, flighty: the prophet who remains stubborn to the end. But his story celebrates the beauty of the indiscriminate mercy of God, a message for our time.” I can certainly recommend this book: you can order it from the usual sources or directly from his own website



Caritas Meeting

I met last week with Kevin Gallagher, who leads our Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth. He was keen for me to have time with Catherine Knight, a John Lewis secondee, who will be working with us for the next few months. She will be helping to set up some more Caritas projects but also promoting the Caritas name in our parishes and schools. It’s important that parishes and schools know about Caritas and what it is trying to achieve with social action.  Cathy is on our Caritas Board and so is already well up to speed on what’s what in the Dicoese. You might like to check out the Caritas website.


The meaning of the word “Caritas” is the practical expression of Christian love. Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth does this by working predominantly at parish level, helping to determine and address local needs and to design social action projects which respond to these needs especially helping the most vulnerable. All the projects promoted will be firmly rooted in Catholic Social Teaching. Caritas is central to our diocesan vision of Bringing People Closer to Jesus Christ through His Church. Could you have a Caritas project in your parish? Caritas already has some projects that you might wish to replicate in your parish, perhaps a Holiday Club or maybe the InSight project or even a Mens’ Shed. Or you may have a new project idea and would like some assistance from Caritas to get it up and going. It depends on the needs of your area. There are so many ways in which our church can be reaching out to those in need, such as those suffering from mental health, people with dementia and their carers, homelessness etc. 



Walking the St James Way from Reading to Southampton

What a great first day on 23rd March! The 18 pilgrims who set out had a really good start to their adventure along the first stage of the St James Way, from Reading Abbey. Having had their  Pilgrim's Passport stamped there was a wonderful send off at St James church, with a blessing at the Shrine of St James by Fr John O'Shea.  The group set off to walk by the canal and were pleased to be welcomed at Sulhamstead Abbots where they were treated to tea, coffee and chocolates!! The next stage on 13th April took the pilgrims from Mortimer to Worting. They will subsequently be walking on 4th May from Worting to Upper Wield, on 25th May from Upper Wield to Itchen Abbas, on 15th June from Itchen Abbas to Allbrook and in July the final leg from Allbrook to St Joseph’s church, Southampton.   Many of these pilgrims are devotees of the Camino de Santiago.  If you are interested in joining this group or joining the Camino Walk in September please contact St James church, Reading: stjames@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk.



Passover Meal at St Michael and All Angels

Seventy-five people shared a prayerful, ecumenical and delicious Passover Meal at St Michael and All Angels, Leigh Park on Palm Sunday evening. They were drawn from St Michael’s and the local Church of England Parish of St Francis and St Clare, as well as other parishes in the Pastoral Area. The company reflected on the first Passover, the Jewish traditions with which Jesus would have been familiar from his boyhood, and on the mystery of the Eucharist which we celebrate this Thursday evening. Rev. Jonathan Jeffrey from St Francis led the commentary, involving all the youngsters who were present. Canon Gerard Flynn, the Parish Priest, thanked the parish team who had catered so ably for such a gathering.




Two Maidenhead charities helped by the Catenians

Two charities, based in the Maidenhead area, received cheques totalling £2,250 at St Joseph’s Catholic Church on Wednesday 27th March at a dinner attended by 68 people. Jonathan Holder, Province 8 President of the Catenian Association presented a cheque for £1,500 to the Mill Hill Missionaries and a cheque for £750 to the Margaret Clitherow Trust.


The Mill Hill Missionaries are an international charity, based in Maidenhead. Fr Liam Cummins, a Mill Hill Missionary who is Parish Priest at St Edmund Campion Church, Maidenhead, said that the money would be used for a project in Cameroon to benefit a church community whose priest , Fr Cosmas Ondari, had been killed last November by government troops whilst protecting his parishioners. Fr. Cosmas from Kenya was a former student of Fr Liam. Based in Marlow, the Margaret Clitherow Trust provides advocacy services and pastoral care for Travellers who are a marginalised  community. The charity was set up by Fr John Chadwick, formerly an assistant priest at St Joseph’s Maidenhead. Fr John is now Parish Priest at the Immaculate Conception and St Joseph, Christchurch and Holy Redeemer, Highcliffe.


Jonathan Holder, who is also a local Maidenhead Catenian, chose the two charities because they were both based locally but had national and international reach. On the same evening, Maidenhead Catenian President Kevin McGarry welcomed two new members.



CAFOD Give it Up Lenten Challenge

Thank you so much to all the schools who took part in the CAFOD “Give it up Challenge” this Lent. There have been some fantastic fundraising activities this year and thank you for letting me know what you have been up to.  Students at Bishop Challoner Secondary School in Basingstoke had a variety of events from cake sales to raffles and sponsored challenges. They have raised an amazing £1724 so far…. Each year they have a competition to see which house can raise the most money and this is shown on their duck display. Each duck represents £26 raised as it costs £26 to provide a flock of 10 ducks.


Our Young Leaders at Salesian School in Farnborough organised a recycling design competition for Years 7 & 8. Eight teams entered the competition and brought materials from home to created their costumes on a water-based theme including deep sea divers, mermaids and a submarine.


Students at Alton Convent raised funds by giving up their phones for 24 hours and one pupil did his own sponsored 24-hour silence.  At St George’s College in Southampton they had an afternoon of fundraising with stalls, games and food and the staff inter-departmental basket ball match.  Such great fundraising ideas thank you all so much!



Lenten Hunger lunches 

Not quite a typical school lunch, but certainly enjoyed in a quieter atmosphere! Prep then Senior pupils of St. Mary's Independent School (Southampton) take turns to support the Lenten Hunger Lunches in nearby Church of the Immaculate Conception, Portswood. Teams of parishioners offer fresh soup made on the spot for all the Fridays in Lent from Noon to 2pm to raise funds for supporting the homeless.  The Parish has supported the City charity formally known as 'St. Dismas Society' from its inception in 1962. It was founded with the primary purpose of working with homeless persons in and around Southampton. The founder and former Parish Priest Father Patrick Murphy-O'Connor chose St Dismas as its patron. This was the name traditionally given to the good thief crucified with Christ. Fr. Andrew McMahon O.F.M.was the original Director until he retired to Park Place, Wickham.



Installation of new KHS Southern Section President

Elizabeth McCombe DCHS was installed as President of the Southern Section of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre (KHS, but more properly known as The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem) during Mass at Our Lady of the Assumption, Bosham. The Lieutenant for England and Wales His Excellency Michael Byrne KC*HS performed the installation in the presence of the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, Rt. Rev. Richard Moth. After Mass, lunch was taken at the Millstream Hotel nearby.


Under its Papal Constitution, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre is a legal entity in Canon Law: as a Religious (but not Pontifical) Order of Knighthood, it is one of only two such recognised by the Holy See (the other is the Sovereign Military Order of Malta). The purposes of the Order as stated in its Constitution are:

• To strengthen in its members the practice of Christian life, in absolute fidelity to the Supreme Pontiff and according to the teachings of the Church, observing as its foundation the principles of charity of which the order is a fundamental means for assistance to the Holy Land;
• To sustain and aid the charitable, cultural and social works and institutions of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land, particularly those of and in the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, with which the Order maintains traditional ties;
• To support the preservation and propagation of the Faith in those lands, interesting in this work the Catholics scattered throughout the world, united in charity by the symbol of the Order, and also all brother Christians;
• To sustain the rights of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land.

The Order's purposes being strictly religious and charitable, it does not participate in any activities of a political character — a principle of particular importance in the context of the continuing political problems in the Holy Land.



Bishop Philip's Engagements                   

Thursday 18th April 

Mass of the Lord’s Supper, St John’s Cathedral, 8pm  


Friday 19th April

Good Friday Liturgy of the Passion, St John’s Cathedral, 3pm

Stations of the Cross, St John’s Cathedral, 7pm  


Saturday 20th April

Easter Vigil and Mass of the Resurrection, St John’s Cathedral, 8pm


Sunday 21st April

Easter Sunday Mass, St John’s Cathedral, 12 Noon



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 14th April


Diocesan Prayer: For a deeper love of the Passion of Christ


Monday 15th April

Monday of Holy Week

Diocesan Prayer: All readers


Tuesday 16th April

Tuesday of Holy Week

Diocesan Prayer: All priests of the Diocese


Wednesday 17th April

Wednesday of Holy Week (Spy Wednesday)

Diocesan Prayer: All deacons of the Diocese


Thursday 18th April

Maundy Thursday 

Diocesan Prayer: Extraordinary Ministers of Communion


Friday 19th April

Good Friday

Diocesan Prayer: Peace in the Holy Land 


Saturday 20th April

Holy Saturday 

Diocesan Prayer: All those who mourn 


Sunday 21st April


Diocesan Prayer: For an ever deeper confidence in the power of Christ and his Resurrection


Monday 22nd April


Diocesan Prayer: The newly baptised


Tuesday 23rd April


Diocesan Prayer: Hosanna House & Children’s Pilgrimage Trust


Wednesday 24th April


Diocesan Prayer: Diocesan Department for Educational Chaplaincies


Thursday 25th April


Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Mark, Dedworth


Friday 26th April


Diocesan Prayer: Parishes, Communities & Schools in the Isle of Wight Pastoral Area


Saturday 27th April


Diocesan Prayer: Daughters of Wisdom (La Sagesse) in the Diocese


Sunday 28th April



Diocesan Prayer: Montfort Fathers in the Diocese


Forthcoming Events      

Saturday 27th April 

ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal)

Alton School, Anstey Lane, Alton

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Thursdays in May (2nd-30th)

Essential Training for Catechists

St Peter's Winchester

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Saturday 4th May

Living Simply and in Solidarity with the Poor 

St Peter's Winchester

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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 11th May

A day for First Holy Communion Catechists

Milner Hall, Jewry Street, Winchester


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 18th May 

ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal)

Alton School, Anstey Lane, Alton

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Saturday 25th May

Fatima Devotion Day

St Joseph's Centre, Ashurst

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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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Friday 12th July

Basingstoke Catenian Circle Golf Day 
in aid of CAFOD
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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

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Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th August

St John Paul II Walking Pilgrimage to Walsingham

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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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Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th September 

Southampton Celebrate Weekend

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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    

Lead Chaplain - St Peter’s Catholic School, Bournemouth

Permanent and Full Time Required from 1st September 2019


Unqualified Teacher Pay Scale Grade 1 to 6 (currently £17,208 - £27,216 gross per annum)


The governing body of St Peter’s Catholic School wish to appoint an inspirational School Chaplain who feels called to make a significant contribution to the faith journey of every member of our school community.


The successful candidate will be a practising Catholic with a strong personal faith and a passion for encouraging your people in their faith, and with the chaplaincy team, the ability to develop the spiritual, liturgical and prayer life of the school community.


St Peter’s School strives to provide an excellent education for all out students within a caring Christian community where all are respected, values and supported to reach their full potential.


St Peter’s School is committed to safer recruitment and is an equal opportunities employer.


Closing date: Tuesday 23rd April 2019 (12 Noon)


Full details and application information available here.


Headteacher, St. Thomas More’s Catholic Primary School

  • Job Start Date: 1 September 2019
  • Contract/Hours: Permanent, Full-time
  • Salary Type: Leadership Scale
  • Salary Details: The indicative pay range is set at £55,749 to £64,595
  • NOR 324
  • Location of Role: St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary School, Hooks Lane, 
                                 Bedhampton, Hampshire PO9 3DR.

Application Procedure

Visits to the school are warmly welcomed. To arrange a visit, please telephone: 02392 475909 or e-mail: b.mccann@stthomasmores.hants.sch.uk


The Headteacher Information pack and application form can be obtained here.


  • Closing Date: 2 May 2019 (Noon)
  • Interview Date(s): 21 and 22 May 2019 


Please pray for..

All being baptised, confirmed and received into the Holy Catholic Church at this time and for their families, catechists and sponsors.


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 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. The deadline for copy for consideration for the next issue is Friday 26th April.


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


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


Bishop of Portsmouth


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