Portsmouth Diocese e-News 

Tuesday 4th June 2019 - Issue 231 (2019/21)


Dear Friends,

This week, President Trump is in town! He is visiting Portsmouth as part of a number of celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Let us remember the peoples of the USA in our prayers and pray especially for the mission of the Church there. And let us pray too for all who work in our own military to keep our United Kingdom safe and secure. We especially pray for all the chaplains of the military, not least for those priests from our own Diocese who are serving the Forces both here and abroad. Meanwhile, below is our e-News for this week leading up to Pentecost. Our thanks as ever to Deacon Craig for assembling this edition. If you have any good news to share with us, please forward it to him for consideration. May you receive this week all the gifts of the Holy Spirit.           


Prayer for the Renewal of the Diocese

Over the next months, I would like us all, clergy, religious and laity, to pray earnestly for the renewal of our Diocese of Portsmouth. As we prepare for the great Feast of Pentecost, may I invite you to say this prayer each day:


O Sacred Heart of Jesus, we beg you to change us, to convert us and to make us holy. Fill us with a deeper faith, hope and love for you. Send into our hearts the cleansing fire of the Holy Spirit and powerfully renew all the clergy and laity of our Diocese. Unite us in love and respect for one another and unify us as your one, holy people. Grant us a new passion and zeal for the Catholic Faith, for mission, outreach and service. Help us to proclaim your Gospel generously to the poor and needy that many more souls may be saved by finding their way to you in your Church. May Mary Immaculate help us. May St Edmund of Abingdon and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati pray for us. Amen.


Holy Michael the Archangel defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust down to hell Satan and all the wicked spirits, who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.



This Sunday - Pentecost

On Sunday we reach the end of Eastertide with the great solemnity of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. Although we return to tempus per annum ("ordinary time") next Monday, it will be July before we get another "green" Sunday, with the solemnities of the Most Holy Trinity, Corpus Christi and Saints Peter and Paul filling the remaining Sundays in June. 


At Pentecost we focus particularly on the Coming of the Holy Spirit, the Advocate whom Jesus promised to send when he ascended to return to His Father. Click on the picture (Pentecost 2 by William Congdon, one of my favourite artists) for a video from Bishop Robert Barron on The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church.


We continue to pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit:

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.  O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.



Next Sunday's Gospel

Next Sunday is the Solemnity of Pentecost and the Gospel is from John 20:19-23. 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.


19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”


Read Scott Hahn's commentary on Sunday's readings here.   



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

Pentecost: The Advocate 

This Sunday we will celebrate the Gift of the Father and the Son: the Holy Spirit. Who is the Holy Spirit? What does he do for us? How can we identify his presence and activity in our own life and in the Church? We will be looking at these questions, from the Gospel.


We will reflect on:

Faith: Who is the Holy Spirit?  

Hope: Can we really hope that the Holy Spirit will be with us for ever?
Love: How does the Holy Spirit transform a human person? How does he form the Church?


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




Litany of the Sacred Heart

It’s now the summer month of June, a month that customarily is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In fact, on the Friday after the Second Sunday after Pentecost - this year, Friday 28th June - we keep the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart. This is the Day of Prayer for Priests (see elsewhere). Anyway, a most beautiful prayer you could say to the Sacred Heart is the Litany of the Sacred Heart. If you do not have it in your prayer book, see here. The Litany was approved for public use by Pope Leo XIII in 1899, although its origins go back to the late 17th century. It has 33 invocations of the Sacred Heart, one for each year of the public life of our Lord. In your daily prayer-time this month, why not take two or three of the invocations each day to reflect and meditate on, thus working your way through. Want to hear it sung by Benedictine monks? Click on the picture which shews the inside of the church of the Sacred Heart in Waterlooville.



Our Lord Jesus Christ Eternal High Priest

It’s not often in one week that we celebrate two new feasts added recently to the liturgical calendar, but that is what happens next week, the first week after Pentecost. On Monday, we celebrate the memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church (see below) but on Thursday we celebrate the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest. There may be over 400,000 ordained priests in the worldwide Catholic Church and, of course, all of us by our Baptism are made priests. But really there is only one priest, our great High Priest, Jesus Christ Himself. He is the mediator between God and humanity. It is in His priesthood that we all share in our various ways. Jesus is also the Victim that is offered, for on Calvary the offering He made was of Himself for the salvation of the world. That Victimhood we too share by offering up ourselves and all that goes into our daily life. Thus the Letter to the Hebrews says: “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4: 14-16).  


In 2012, Pope Benedict established this new feastday. It is celebrated on the Thursday after Pentecost and you can find the texts for the Mass, the Readings and the Divine Office here.  On this day let us honour Christ the Priest. Let us pray for those ordained to the priesthood as bishops and priests, and ask the Lord of the harvest to send many more labourers into His harvest (cf. Mt 9:38). 



Mary, Mother of the Church 

In March last year Pope Francis decreed that the devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Mother of the Church, be inserted into the Roman Calendar.  The liturgical celebration, Beata Mariæ Virginis, Ecclesiæ Matris, is to be celebrated annually, as a Memorial. This official celebration underlines a characteristic of the Virgin Mary, who is both mother of Christ and of the Church. This Feast is celebrated on the Monday following Pentecost. You can read more here


Lord our God, through your power and goodness, the Blessed Virgin, the fairest fruit of your redeeming love, shines forth as the perfect image of the Church, grant to your people on their pilgrim way on earth, that, with eyes fixed on Mary, they may follow closely in the footsteps of her Son, until they come to that fullness of glory which now they contemplate in His Mother, with hearts filled with joy. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.   



Jennifer Geach reflects... 

The decree of the first council, in Jerusalem, bears many of the hall marks of the development of Christian teaching.  First of all, it is a reaction to error: some people were teaching falsely that pagan converts were bound by the law of Moses, in particular with regard to circumcision, or else they could not be saved.  Correcting this was desperately important: for if pagan converts were bound by the dietary restrictions and other aspects of the law of Moses, then by implication Christ’s claim to have fulfilled the law would have been false: and were that claim false, then all of Christ’s teaching totters.  In this emergency, Paul and Barnabas sought advice from the Apostles in Jerusalem, and come back with a clear and authoritative ruling.  


Continue reading...



From Deacon Martin

Last week, I encouraged you to sing, or at least read, the Pentecost sequence Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come, Holy Spirit) at your Masses on Pentecost Sunday.  This week, I want to look at some selected phrases from the sequence in a little more detail, because I think it is a wonderful resource of prayer, especially in these days leading to Pentecost, but also to pray for those who are being confirmed this year.  And in any case, any time of the year is a good time to pray to the Holy Spirit! And you don’t need to take my word for it: Saint John Paul II said: “This magnificent sequence, which contains a rich theology of the Holy Spirit, would… be worthy of meditation, stanza by stanza.”


In the examples below, I’m going to refer to Caswall’s English translation of the text, because it does a decent job of conveying the poetry of the original.  But if you have any understanding of Latin, I urge you to look at the Latin text, because the beauty of the poetry is even more apparent.  I’ve provided the Latin text here, with a literal translation of my own, to allow you to refer to the Latin words more easily. 





Inviting all our Priests

In 2002, Pope St. John Paul II designated the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart (the tenth Friday after Easter Sunday) to be a World Day of Prayer for Priests. The aim was to invite all the clergy and all the faithful of the Church to join in prayer for the sanctification of priests. This year the Feast of the Sacred Heart falls on Friday 28th June and on the day at 12 noon Cardinal Vincent Nichols is inviting every priest in England and Wales to Westminster Cathedral for a National Mass of Thanksgiving and Renewal for Priests. Over 1000 priests are expected to attend. I will be going, along with all the bishops of England and Wales. I am encouraging all priests who can from the Diocese of Portsmouth to join in. (If as a priest you wish to go, please let Kirsten know so that she can forward the numbers). The occasion also marks the 450th anniversary of the founding of the English College at Douai. This intention of prayer for the sanctification of priests is today a crucial one. May I ask all the laity, especially during these next weeks, to pray for your priests and also to pray for me – that we may be truly holy men, filled with great zeal for souls and united in a deep relationship with Jesus Christ, the High Priest.


Click on the photo of Westminster Cathedral for a short piece on Fr. Robert Galea, originally from Malta, an Australian priest who is a popular singer and worker among the young.  We occasionally post his videos in e-News.



Are you to celebrating anniversary this year?

Are you celebrating a 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th or any wedding anniversary over 60 years this year?


If so I would like to invite you to join me at a special celebration Mass. 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 visit the anniversaries website for more information and to register.


O God, Creator of all things, who in the beginning made man and woman that they might form the marriage bond,  bless and strengthen the union of your servants, that they may show forth an ever more perfect image of the union of Christ with his Church. Through our Lord Jesus your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.  



Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: A Different View

“Without having seen the Sistine Chapel one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1787

Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: A Different View makes its UK premiere in Winchester, England's ancient capital, this summer from 5th July - 29th September. The exhibition will be on show at three venues across the city: City Space and The Gallery in Winchester Discovery Centre and the 13th century Great Hall, home of the symbolic Medieval Round Table. The exhibition comes to Winchester after touring major European cities including Copenhagen and, most recently, Amsterdam.


The magnificent Sistine Chapel in the Vatican takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored the Roman building between 1477 and 1480. Just over a quarter of a century later in 1508, Pope Julius II commissioned Renaissance master Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 – 1564) to paint the chapel’s huge ceiling. Such was the enormity of the task, it took the artist and his assistants four years to complete. Faced by the challenges of the structural architecture, he developed outstanding painting techniques, setting new standards for future generations of painters. The resultant frescoes changed the course of Western art and are regarded as one of the major artistic accomplishments of human civilization. Michelangelo’s work continues to draw millions of visitors to the Sistine Chapel, 500 years after they were painted, although few have had the privilege of being able to marvel close up at his incredible figures of saints, sibyls, prophets and the ceiling’s centrepiece, The Creation of Adam.


You can read more about this here.



How can we care for Our Common Home?

Jo Lewry, CAFOD Portsmouth Community Partnership Co-ordinator writes...


Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si’ (Care for our Common Home) calls on everyone to hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor, and to take action to protect our world and all those who live in it.


We need a conversation that includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.”  (Pope Francis Laudato Si’ #14)

Climate change affects our homes, our health, our beautiful landscapes. It also threatens the work that we do to fight poverty and to build better lives. CAFOD’s new campaign Our Common Home is asking you to get involved and show  your care for our fragile earth by …

• Signing the petition to the Prime Minster asking the government to support a net zero greenhouse gas emission by 2045 please click here for version that you can print off and encourage parishioners to sign
• Coming to the Time is Now Lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 26th June and talk to your MP about climate change please sign up here.
• Holding a Creation Celebration mass in your parish to thank God for the beautiful world that He created and to ask Him to help us look after it and protect for future generations. Organisers guide here
• Working towards becoming a livesimply parish by living simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor. More information on this award here.


For more information contact Jo on 01252 329385 or email portsmouth@cafod.org.uk



Guernsey parishioners dig deep for Bamenda 

Elizabeth Dene, Fundraising coordinator in Guerney reports on the tremendous effort of the parishioners in Guernsey during Lent 2019 to help our brothers in sisters in Bamenda...
When deciding which of the many requests for support from our Lenten almsgiving this year, our parish decided to respond to Bishop Philip’s request for parishes to help our sister Diocese of Bamenda. We recognized the desperate situation in Bamenda following many months of civil conflict and how this has directly affected so many. We also came to realize that the conflict has impacted on all areas of life in Bamenda but little Aid, other than that provided by our Diocese, is reaching the region. Sadly this conflict is simply not being reported by the world’s media and so does not attract the attention of the major overseas aid agencies. The conflict is forgotten and overlooked but this was a pressing reason for Guernsey to respond.
Parishioners dug deep and made small but significant sacrifices each day, whether that was fasting from eating chocolate or crisps or abstaining from a skinny latte with extra shot en route to work; all the money saved was placed in special collection envelopes. A Lenten soup supper was also held on Friday evening after Stations of the Cross. These small donations amounted to £6,000 being raised and sent to the Bamenda Committee.
This money will go a long way to provide basic provisions to the many tens of thousands who now seek shelter in Bamenda having field homes, family and livelihoods as their homes and villages have been ransacked and burnt. The money, together with our prayers for a resolution of the civil conflict, will, with the grace of God, see peace and stability return to this remote region of Africa which has a very special relationship with our Diocese”


News from All Hallows school

One of the Year 8 Students has written about taking part in the Caritas Dragons' Den Competition...

"On 28 March, All Hallows Gathering In Faith Together (GIFT) Team competed with 7 schools at the Caritas Dragon’s Den Competition held at St. Bede’s Church in Basingstoke. In our presentation, we pitched for a share of the investment fund to go towards the renovation of our school Chapel and we were given £350!  It was a really lovely day out and very interesting to listen to everyone’s presentations."


On Friday 10th May, the school hosted the Music Junction concert in conjunction with the London Chamber Orchestra. Music Junction brings together young people aged 7–18 from very different social and economic backgrounds.Through music making, it aims to promote confidence, nurture self-esteem and encourage them to develop respect for themselves and each other within their wider communities. Over the academic year, LCO’s team of musicians share their expertise and support the participants through a series of musical activities including flash-mobs, creative workshops, focused instrumental learning sessions, and performances. All Hallows and two other local schools took part in the concert, playing alongside professional musicians from the LCO. Click on the image for a video of one of the performances.


Did you know that All Hallows School in Farnham celebrate morning Mass every Friday at 8.15am? This is a weekly Mass, celebrated by one of the local priests and held in the school Chapel every Friday morning. It is a wonderful opportunity to receive the Holy Eucharist, together with staff, students and the wider community. Anyone in the area is welcome to join the school community for this Mass.



Praying for our Seminarians - Deacon Mohanraj Edward

Deacon Mohanraj is in his 6th year of Formation and is currently studying at St Mary’s Seminary, Oscott. 


He writes, “I was born into a Catholic family in Jaffna, in northern Sri Lanka. Since my First Holy Communion, my desire has been to become a priest. Unfortunately, the civil war between the Tamil tigers and the Sri Lankan Government began then: I wanted to join fighting but I asked a priest who was a family friend whether I should. He said “fighting is not your job, your job is to pray for peace.”  I moved to England as an asylum seeker and I applied for residency in the UK. I was told by the UKBA that they wanted to exile me to Sri Lanka. As I was helpless but with hope, I prayed hard to Our Lady of Lourdes, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Infant Jesus, saying to them that “Jesus rose up again within three days so I ask you to deliver me from this fearful situation”. Within three days, I got a message from UKBA that they did not want to send back to Sri Lanka now.  After I had received the permanent residency, I applied for seminary for the Diocese of Portsmouth. After one year’s pastoral placement in Abingdon, I was sent to Valladolid in Spain for the Propaedeutic Year. From Valladolid, I was sent to Oscott Birmingham in September 2013. Now I am in my final year in Oscott College, Birmingham. I am looking forward to my Priestly Ordination in July this year, with the grace of God. Deacon Mohanraj has asked that during June: “Please pray for me and I will remember you in my prayers.


Praying for our Seminarians is a feature of the monthly Pray for Vocations newsletter. You can read it here and sign up to support our Vocations Network on our Vocations website.



Deacon Hilary Parsons, R.I.P.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Hilary Parsons who died peacefully on Tuesday 28th May aged 95 years. His Requiem Mass will take place at St Anne's, Brockenhurst on Thursday 6th June at 11am followed by burial in Brockenhurst cemetery.
Hilary was ordained to the sacred diaconate in 1984 for the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton by then Bishop, later Cardinal, Cormac Murphy-O'Connor. In 1996 he and his first wife, Helen, moved from Chichester across the diocesan border to Southampton, where he assisted in Waterside parish before moving to Brockenhurst in the New Forest. He retired in 2007 at the age of 84, following Helen's death. Upon receiving dispensation from clerical celibacy from Pope Benedict, he was able to marry Rosemary, although this marriage was cut short by her poor health and subsequent death.
Please remember Hilary's family in your prayers at this time.


Bishop Philip's Engagements                   

Tuesday 4th June 

Various internal meetings, Bishop’s House  


Thursday 6th June

Chapter of Canons Meeting, Bishop’s House,

Chapter Mass, St John’s Cathedral, 12:15 pm  


Friday 7th June

Annual Schools Mass, St John’s Cathedral, 11:00 am 


Saturday 8th June

Confirmation Mass, St John’s Cathedral, 11:00 am 



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 2nd June


Diocesan Prayer: Diocesan Communications Office


Monday 3rd June

St Charles Lwanga & Companions, Martyrs, memorial

Diocesan Prayer:Diocesan Advisors to TV & Radio


Tuesday 4th June

of the 7th Week of Easter

Diocesan Prayer: Sacred Heart (Madrid) Sisters in the Diocese


Wednesday 5th June

St Boniface, Religious, Bishop & Martyr, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: CFH The Caring Fellowship


Thursday 6th June

of the 7th Week of Easter

or: St Norbert, Founder, Bishop, optional memorial

Diocesan Prayer: “Faith and Light” for the spirituality of the disabled


Friday 7th June

of the 7th Week of Easter

Diocesan Prayer: Chapel of St Thomas More, Park Place, Wickham (consecrated 9.6.1970) and  work of Park Place Pastoral Centre

Golden Jubilee: Canon John O’Shea (ordained 7.6.1969)


Saturday 8th June

of the 7th Week of Easter

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St William of York, Reading

Golden Jubilee: Fr Donal O’Brien (ordained 8.6.1969)


Sunday 9th June


National Prayer Cycle: The Church

Diocesan Prayer: Those being confirmed this year, their sponsors, families and catechists


Forthcoming Events        

Wednesday 5th June

“Welcome to Worship” evening

St Joseph’s Christchurch

Read more


Friday 7th June

Vocations Seeker Evening

Sacred Heart Fareham

Read more


Sunday 9th June

Big Prayer Picnic

Porchester Castle

Read more


Saturday 15th June

Children’s Liturgy of the Word Training & Support Day

St Edward the Confessor, Chandlers Ford

Read more


Saturday 15th June

Formation and Networking for
Youth Ministers and Confirmation Catechists

St Joseph's Church, Bracknell

Read more


Saturday 15th June


St Mary's Church, Gosport, 7.30-10.30pm


Sunday 16th June

Taize Prayer Service
Annunciation, Netley Abbey

Read more


Saturday 22nd June

Alton Day of Renewal

Alton Convent

Read more


Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th June

Conferences on G.K. Chesterton
Quarr Abbey, Ryde, IoW

Read more


Friday 27th June

Ananias Day for Head Teachers, Priests, and Chair of Governors of Schools

in Abingdon, Andover, Basingstoke, Newbury, Reading and Winchester

Read more


Monday 1st July

Winchester Catholic History Group meeting

"Thomas Cranmer - Who was he?"

(Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch)

The Stripe Auditorium, The University of Winchester,
Sparkford Road, SO22 4NR.

Read more


Thursday 4th July

Caritas Bollywood Fundraiser
Catedral Discovery Centre

Read more


Friday 5th - Monday 8th July

Visit of the Miraculous Relic Image of
Our Lady of Guadalupe

St Joseph's Aldershot


Saturday 6th July

Significant Wedding Anniversaries Mass

St Bede's Basingstoke

Read more


Friday 12th July

Basingstoke Catenian Circle Golf Day 
in aid of CAFOD
Read more


Saturday 20th July

Ordination of Priests

St John's Cathedral, 11am


Saturday 20th July


St Mary's Church, Gosport, 7.30-10.30pm


Sunday 21st July

Ordination of Deacons

St John's Cathedral, 2pm


25th-30th July 

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Read more


Saturday 27th July

Alton Day of Renewal

Alton Convent

Read more


Sunday 28th July – Saturday 3rd August 

Don Bosco Camp

Read more


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

Read more


Monday 16th - Thursday 26th September 

Pilgrimage to The Eucharistic Miracles & 
the special saints of Italy 

Read more


Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th September 

Southampton Celebrate Weekend

Read more


October 2019

Extraordinary Mission Month


11th-21st October 

Pilgrimage to Rome & Assisi for Extraordinary Mission Month

Read more


Wednesday 2nd - Tuesday 8th October

Pilgrimage to Knock, Co. Mayo

Further details from Fr Tom Grufferty


8th-15th October 

Pilgrimage to Malta
Read more


25th - 30th May 2020

Trip to Bavaria - Oberammergau and Lake Garda
Read more




The Diocese of Portsmouth currently has the following positions available: 

Safeguarding Parish Support (Part-time, 14 hours per week)
The Diocese wishes to appoint a new role of Safeguarding Parish Support to join the existing Safeguarding team based in Portsmouth.

Training and Community Development Manager (Part-Time, 21 hours per week) 
This is an exciting new role, based in Portsmouth but working throughout the Diocese of Portsmouth to promote, develop and coordinate social action projects within the diocese.

Co-Ordinator Of Catechesis  (Part -time, 10-12 hours per week) 
Crowthorne & Sandhurst Parish wishes to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced Catechist to deliver and develop sacramental preparation and evangelistic programmes for 10 – 12 hours per week (mostly evenings).

Clerk to Governors (15 hours + per month)
The Governing Body of English Martyrs Catholic Primary School in Reading invites applications for the role of Clerk to Governors.

Visit our Vacancies page for more details on these opportunities.



Please pray for..

All who are preparing for and taking examinations over the coming weeks.


All being baptised and confirmed during this Easter season and for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on them and throughout the Church. 


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.


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 Deacon Hilary Parsons; for all those killed through acts of warfare, violence, terrorism and natural disaster. Requiescant in pace.


For blessings on the forthcoming 13th General Chapter of the Society of Christ for Polish Migrants as they prepare to elect a new Superior General and General Council.


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.


All our students currently in formation for ordination and those responsible for their formation in the various seminaries in which they are based. 

The work of the New Evangelisation across the diocese that we may all play our part in bringing people closer to Jesus Christ through His Church.


The Unity of all Christians in doctrine, life and worship.

The Canonisation of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Patron of our Youth.

The work of all Evangelisation Strategy Teams across our Diocese and the Holy Spirit's guidance on the formation of the new Diocesan Pastoral Council.

Those entering the "Called and Gifted" process and for the work of the Called & Gifted Team. That all the faithful of the Diocese that they may share their time and talents for the good of the Church and discern how God is calling them in a particular way to be more intentional disciples.   

The work of our Marriage and Family Life Team.

All the sick clergy and people in our Diocese who are in need of our prayers.

All those suffering in the world through hunger, disease, persecution and natural disaster, for all refugees and victims of modern slavery and human trafficking.

The work of the Apostleship of the Sea, Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth, Caritas Jersey, CAFOD and those with whom they work.


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



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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. 


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


Bishop of Portsmouth


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