Portsmouth Diocese e-News 

Wednesday 3rd July 2019 - Issue 235 (2019/25)


Dear Friends,

One of the main things I’ve been engaged in during these last weeks is a review of the deployment of  clergy across the Diocese from September. Below, you can find a digest of the clergy moves and changes. I want to thank all our clergy and all our laity for their patience and support in this process, necessary for the pastoral good of the Diocese and the furtherance of its mission. Please pray for us all, for more priests and for more people. I’ll give a bit more news on this in the next e-News as well. Do keep in your prayers Mohanraj Edward and Johnpromise Omeozuru who will be ordained priests here in the Cathedral on Saturday 20th July, Matthew King who will be ordained deacon in Rome next weekend and Tony Darroch, Larry Murawski, Nicholas O’Neill and Paul Severn who will be ordained permanent deacons on Sunday 21st July. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy reading the rest of the news in e-News this week. Please note that there will not be an edition of e-News next week – so see you in two week’s time! God bless you all.




Date set for Newman Canonisation

Pope Francis will canonise Blessed John Henry Newman in St Peter’s Square on Sunday 13th October 2019 alongside 4 others. This will make Cardinal Newman the first English person who has lived since the 17th century officially recognised as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was ordained as a Church of England priest and soon became the leader of the Oxford Movement but converted to Catholicism in 1845. He founded the Oratory in England and was later made a cardinal. When he died at the age of 89, more than 15,000 people lined the streets of Birmingham for his funeral. Cardinal Newman is widely considered to be one of the most significant figures of the 19th century.


The cause for his sainthood was opened in 1958 and he was declared Venerable by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1991 after his life of ‘heroic virtue’ was recognised. Pope Benedict XVI declared him Blessed in Cofton Park near Birmingham in September 2010, as part of his historic visit to Britain. The canonisation was made possible by a second miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed John Henry Newman, consisting in the medically inexplicable healing of a pregnant woman with life-threatening complications due to her pregnancy. The cure took place in Chicago, USA, in May 2013. After an initial investigation carried out by the archdiocese of Chicago, it was submitted to the Holy See in 2018, and approved by Pope Francis on 13 February 2019. During the ceremony for his beatification in 2010, Pope Benedict said that Newman “tells us that our divine Master has assigned a specific task to each one of us, a ‘definite service’, committed uniquely to every single person. The definite service to which Blessed John Henry was called, involved applying his keen intellect and his prolific pen to many of the most pressing ‘subjects of the day’. His insights into the relationship between faith and reason, into the vital place of revealed religion in civilised society, and into the need for a broadly-based and wide-ranging approach to education were not only of profound importance for Victorian England, but continue today to inspire and enlighten many all over the world.”


You can read the full press release here.



July - the Month of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

We have now entered the high summer month of July, a month in which we honour the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. St. John XXIII especially wanted us to have a vibrant devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus, the price of our redemption, and the pledge of our salvation and eternal life. When we receive Holy Communion from the chalice during this month, let us pray that the Lord will wash away all our sins and forgive and convert those who bring bloodshed and violence to our world. Sometimes, sadly, I have heard people refer to Holy Communion from the chalice as “receiving the wine” - a terrible mistake! Let’s never refer to ‘wine’ but only to the Precious Blood. In 1960, Pope John asked the Congregation of Rites to compose a litany in honour of the Precious Blood. It is a beautiful prayer that you can slowly reflect on. Please pray it often this month. You can find it here.




Today we celebrate St Thomas the Apostle

The apostle Thomas is famous for doubting the resurrection of Jesus when his fellow apostles told him about it; but if he is the sceptical apostle, he is also the believing apostle, for having seen and touched a risen man, he made the immediate leap of faith and so became the first apostle to call Jesus God. Nothing is known about Thomas’s later career. A well-known apocryphal document called the Acts of Thomas relates his missionary journeys to Persia and India. Although the document as it stands is not historical evidence (it was written to provide evidence for certain heretical Gnostic teachings), it still bears witness to the likelihood of a tradition that Thomas did go to India. If you are writing something that you intend to use to convince people of a controversial doctrine, you do not invent completely new facts: instead, you weave the existing facts and traditions into something that suits your purpose. Thus the very fact that the heretics used a journey of St Thomas to support their case shows us that, in the third century at least, there would have seemed nothing implausible about such a journey. The journey would have been easy enough – important trade routes lay that way – and if some of the apostles went west, to Rome, the centre of the world, there is no reason why some others should not have chosen to go east, to the edge of the known world. We will probably never know for certain; but the Christians of Kerala have called themselves for centuries “St Thomas Christians”, and they may very well be right. Read more in this article from the Catholic Encyclopaedia.


This Thursday we celebrate the Patron of our Youth

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati's Feast Day is on 4th July - the anniversary of his death in 1925 at the age of 24. He was beatified by Pope St John Paul II on 20th May 1990 and is the Patron of the Catholic Youth of our diocese. Please pray the Rosary on that day in union with Bl. Pier Giorgio, praying for all our youth, for the poor and needy, for our schools and all who work in them, for our Diocese and for our own intentions. For a text of the Rosary, the Glorious Mysteries, drawn up by Associazione Pier Giorgio Frassati (Roma), click here.


This image of him climbing the summit with his comb in his hair shows his cool! Click on the image of him to watch a video of how, despite his short life, he continues to inspire the world and let's continue to pray for his canonization:

O merciful God, Who through the perils of the world deigned to preserve by Your grace Your servant Pier Giorgio Frassati pure of heart and ardent of charity, listen, we ask You, to our prayers and, if it is in Your designs that he be glorified by the Church, show us Your will, granting us the graces we ask of You, through his intercession, by the merits of Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Amen.



Next Sunday's Gospel

Next Sunday is 14th Sunday of the Year and the Gospel is from Luke 10:1-12,17-20. 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.


After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go.And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no money bag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you.And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the labourer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town. 17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”


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



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

Poverty: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Luke 10:1-12,17-20)


Is poverty a good thing? Even as we’re engaged in a war against poverty, global and local, Jesus in the Gospel is sending seventy-two disciples on mission with the command to take nothing with them. Nothing at all, no purse, haversack or sandals. How can we understand this seemingly mad requirement? The poverty that Jesus asks of every one of his missionary disciple is one of total dependency on God. It is the poverty of those who place all their hope in God, and who manifest to the world the wonders of the kingdom of God. Only when the fragility of human power, possessions and ambitions are set aside can the solidity of the Kingdom of God, manifested in charity, become visible, and can be proclaimed credibly.


In this Wednesday webinar, we’ll reflect on:

Faith: How can we grow in faith in God’s providence for our life and for the world?

Hope: Do we dare act in hope and willingly relinquish our human treasures for the sake of the Kingdom?   

Love: How is the Kingdom of God visible in our life?      


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



From Deacon Martin

Last weekend, I was in Liverpool, celebrating the 50th wedding anniversary of my eldest brother and my sister-in-law – and also the 50th anniversary of my own First Holy Communion, when I was privileged to receive the Lord for the first time at their nuptial Mass.  The anniversary celebrations were both secular (a party on Saturday evening) and sacred (Mass in their home on Friday evening). It was a weekend filled with happiness, not only because of the anniversary, but because of the chance to spend time with family and friends.


In this Sunday’s gospel (14th Sunday in Ordinary Time - year C), the “seventy-two” are happy: they’ve been sent out in pairs ahead of Jesus, as messengers for Him. And they come back “rejoicing” and reporting that “even the devils submit to us when we use your name” (Lk 10:17).  Jesus’s response appears to share in their happiness – but He wants to make sure they understand precisely what they should be happy about: “Yet do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you: rejoice rather that your names are written in heaven” (Lk 10:20).


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New Appointments

This is the time of the year when we have been planning the deployment of clergy from the autumn. Today then we announce the new clergy appointments effective from 8th September 2019, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I would like to express immense gratitude to the priests who are moving for all their hard work for the Lord in their current appointments, and to thank them for agreeing to take on these new assignments. It is deeply moving to receive the humble obedience and joyful willingness of these priests. Moving from one appointment and then settling into another is about the hardest thing we do as secular priests. It is also a great challenge too for our Deacons and for all parishioners. I pray earnestly that the Lord, Who I am convinced has been guiding this whole process, will grant us all the strengthening and refreshing grace we need. There are a few more announcements to come over the next weeks but below you can read the list so far. Whilst the appointments become effective on 8th September, the exact changeover dates will vary depending on the schedules of both incoming and outgoing priests.


Continue reading here



Caritas Bollywood Fundraiser - this Thursday

Kevin Gallagher writes...


As you may already know Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth runs a range of social action projects throughout the diocese. These include projects for the homeless, social isolation, young asylum seekers, refugees etc. As these projects all require a funding base to support them, on 4th July we are running a Bollywood Music and Dancing fundraising evening at the Cathedral Centre from 6:30 to 9:30pm. In addition to the music and dancing there will also be an authentic Indian curry buffet. So come along, have a great night out and enjoy some real Indian food knowing that you will be helping Caritas in its work to reach out to​ those in need.


Come along on the night and buy a ticket. More information is available here or contact Kevin Gallagher: kgallagher@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk



Miraculous Relic Image arrives in Aldershot on Friday

The Miraculous Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from the Shrine in Bedford will be visiting St Joseph’s Church, Aldershot, from Friday 5th July until Monday 8th July.  The Relic Image is one of 220 authorised digital replicas placed in the major countries in the world, which confers by Papal degree, the same blessings and graces as the original in Mexico.  The visit of the image forms a major part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the parish and begins on the Friday evening at 7pm with the Guadalupe Mass and formal Reception of the Miraculous Relic Image at which Monsignor Keith Newton, PA, Ordinary of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, will be the principal celebrant and preacher.  During this special weekend, there will be Masses honouring Our Lady, including an International Mass led by the strong Kerala community, a Polish Mass, a Holy Hour for Vocations plus devotions, reflections and opportunity to venerate the Relic Image.  On the Monday morning, students from the local Catholic schools will have an opportunity to visit the Image, learn more of the history and to venerate. Many graces and blessings have been reported, so why not arrange a pilgrimage from your church or organisation to this very special event? Contact the parish for more information or download the timetable for the visit here.



Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel

Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: A Different View makes its UK premiere in Winchester this summer (July 5th till September 29th)


The exhibition on show at three venues across the city: City Space and The Gallery in Winchester Discovery Centre and the Great Hall comes to Winchester after touring major European cities including Copenhagen and, most recently, Amsterdam. Officially licensed by the Vatican Museums, the exhibition will allow unprecedented closeness to the magnificent works which adorn the chapel ceiling, normally 22 metres above visitors’ heads. Working in partnership with the Vatican Museums, the frescoes have been photographed, reproduced at high resolution and transferred onto special fabric webs to create highly detailed display panels. This technique allows a true-to-life reproduction of the ceiling and gives visitors a unique opportunity for an otherwise impossible close-up view of his brushwork. Entry fee is £5 online, £6 on the door. St Peter’s, Jewry St Winchester will be showing a short film by Bishop Robert Barron on Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel through the lens of faith during the summer. We hope you enjoy the exhibition and come to the Parish Centre on Friday afternoons (3pm) to see the short film or on Thursday 18th July, 22nd August and 12th September at 7.30 to see a longer version. Entry is free.  



Sea Sunday 2019

Sea Sunday will be celebrated on July 14. Please pray for seafarers, their families and all who support them, including Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea). Please also support your parish’s second collection if there is one. All funds raised go to the Apostleship of the Sea to support their work. You can download Sea Sunday resources and you can watch the Sea Sunday videoStella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) provides seafarers with pastoral support, information and a listening ear. For more information visit their website. Click on the picture for a Sea Sunday poster.


AoS Stella Maris provide a vital service in our diocese which includes a number of south coast ports. Just recently a Catholic port chaplain in Portsmouth stepped in to provide pastoral care for a refrigerated cargo ship’s crew upon the request of its manager, Seatrade Groningen BV, after a seafarer died on board. The 19 crew members on the Comoros Stream were distraught following their colleague’s death while they were at sea in the Atlantic en-route to Portsmouth. Feeling uncomfortable and seeking reassurance, they requested that the ship be blessed when they arrived in port. Peter Morgan, Portsmouth port chaplain from Catholic charity Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) arranged for a local priest, Fr Peter Hart, from St Margaret Mary Church, to celebrate Mass on board and bless the ship. 


Read more 



News from the Marriage and Family Life Team

Natural Fertility Awareness & Planning in our contemporary world
Congratulations to our 9 newly qualified NFP Teachers in the Diocese who received their certificates on the 4th May- the feast of the English Martyrs. Huge thanks to Dr Olive Duddy (Chairman-NFPTA) & Mrs Christine Bergess (Treasurer-NFPTA) for delivering the Course. We are also indebted to Canon Gerard Flynn & Fr James Bradley for hosting the training. We couldn’t have done this without the help of the generous PAs - Ellen McCarthy & Amanda Wood for arranging the study space. Thank you. NFP teachers can be contacted through the Marriage & Family Life Office. Read more about NFP here


Joseph & Monica reflect of the recent Loving4life retreat in Milton Keynes... 

‘It was very good. It gave us an opportunity to speak without arguing. We have known each other for 19 years, married for 3 years and have 4 children between 17 & 3. The atmosphere was relaxing, food was excellent and journeying with other married couples we didn’t know with no group sharing allowed us to open up to each other without feeling judged or intimidated. We were able to laugh with each other and bring humour back into our relationship and put things back into perspective. There were no interruptions. Things were explained in a way that made us feel it was no ones’ fault.  On the way home, Joseph said to Monica, ‘I can see us presenting one day’. Monica – ‘it’s not something we should dismiss’. The fact that the couples presenting were real people who had real issues but overcame them with God’s grace and their efforts was attractive. We would happily recommend this weekend. It was lovely to have the Bishop of Northampton celebrate Mass and good to know the Clergy are supporting us married couples. We are thankful for the two Priests who came to hear Confession.


For more information about Marriage and Family Life events, see here or contact Aba Shields at mandfl@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk.



CAFOD Portsmouth Volunteers Speak out

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


Many thanks to all the volunteers and supporters from Portsmouth diocese who came to the Time is Now lobby on Wednesday 26th June. I really appreciate you giving up your time to tell your MPs that the time to act on climate change is now and to ask them to ensure that the UK commits to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. A huge thank you to Richard Arthur our Parish volunteer Coordinator from Bournemouth who organised those coming on the coach from Ringwood. If you were unable to come please do ask parishioners to sign the petition on net zero and then send these to CAFOD head office. Also why not organise a Mass to celebrate creation and thank God for our beautiful world.


At the interfaith service at Westminster Church Hall Christine Allen director of CAFOD welcomed everyone and urged us to come together as people united in faith and in relationship with another and the planet through the goodness of God. She reminded us of Pope Francis words in Laudato Si' telling us that we can all cooperate together as instruments of God to care for creation. Faith leaders from all major religions including former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, Qari Asim MBE, Chair of the Mosques and Imams Advisory Board; Vishvapani, Buddhist teacher and Radio 4 Thought for the Day contributor; Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, leader of Masorti Judaism in the UK also spoke passionately at the interfaith service about how we must all work together to protect our world. No action is too small, and we all need to change the way we live to stop climate change. Do get in touch if you want to find out more by emailing portsmouth@cafod.org.uk or call Jo on 01252 328385 or go to our website



News from Portsmouth Catenians

Recently Portsmouth Catenians volunteered to run the Barbecue stall at the Summer Fayre of Sacred Heart Parish Waterlooville. Four brothers of the Catenian Circle, Steven Driver, Ian Allen, Steven Lymer and Michael Francis spent a busy but enjoyable day supplying the parishioners, mainly parents with their children and the visiting public with BBQ Hamburgers and Hotdogs. Information about the Catenians and their aims was available in promotional leaflets.


The photograph shows the Rev Monsignor Canon Jeremy Garratt and Catenian Brothers Michael Francis and Steven Driver with a £50 cheque as an additional Catenian contribution to the parish fund raising event. A rolling programme of Catenian support for this kind of event in local parishes is being considered for the future.


You can find out more about Portsmouth Catenians here.



Corpus Christi in Southampton City

Over the Corpus Christi Weekend, 67 children celebrated their First Holy Communion in City Centre Parish, Southampton.  After the final Mass on the Sunday a Blessed Sacrament Procession took place in the streets around St Edmund with 23 children, their families, friends and parishioners.  It was truly an international celebration with participants from all over Europe, Africa, Asia and beyond.


O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament have left us a memorial of your Passion, grant us, we pray, so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may always experience in ourselves the fruits of your redemption. Who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



...and in Ashurst

The Montfort Missionaries at Saint Joseph’s Centre, Ashurst, Southampton were delighted to welcome again the Polish Community of Southampton to offer the Holy Mass and then proclaim the continuing presence of Christ amongst us as they processed through the retreat centre grounds. Many people attended. The singing was truly inspirational. The procession was followed by a huge family picnic.  A wonderful day - a day of blessing for the Catholic Community. 


May the heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. Amen. 



St Patrick's Sandown is 90

Julia Courtney from St Patrick’s Church, Sandown, IoW reports on their recent anniversary...


Sunday June 23rd saw the 90th anniversary of the Consecration of St Patrick’s Church, Sandown (June 25th 1929). Built largely through the efforts of Father John Flynn, parish priest from 1909, the church is in appropriately Celtic style, modelled on Cork University Chapel with a (round) Cashel Tower as a belfry. It boasts some very fine stained glass windows  in modernist style, in recent years praised by the Island firm involved in their restoration.


Sunday’s 9am Mass was celebrated by Father Joe Gruszkiewicz and Father Brian Coogan; as Father Joe reminded us, 96 year old Father Brian beats the church’s age  by 6 years! St Patrick’s usual numbers were augmented by parishioners from Shanklin and Ventnor which are the other two churches in South Wight Parish, and by summer holiday-makers including a party of children and teachers from a mainland school. And yes, we did sing ‘Hail glorious St Patrick’, adopting him as the ‘dear saint of our isle’ of Wight as well as of ‘Erin’s green mountains’. Downstairs in the Hall the Irish theme continued with the walls decorated with shamrocks and the tables with embroidered cloths, emerald party sprinkles and green table napkins. Refreshments included celebration cakes and Irish coffee, for those brave enough to sample that at 10.15 am. Thanks to everyone who helped to make it such a happy occasion, reminding us all to celebrate our beautiful church, devoted clergy and warm parish community here on sunny Sandown Bay.



Fifty years a priest!

Mgr Tom McGrath celebrated his 50th jubilee Mass at St Peters and Winchester Martyrs on Saturday 15th June, Mass of the Feast of the Holy Trinity.. 20 priests and over 400 family from Ireland, friends and parishioners from his 8 parishes came together to celebrate his extraordinary service to the Lord and to His people. Bishop Crispian Hollis, Bishop Peter Doyle and another 18 priests of the Diocese and from MHM and Missio concelebrated. Musicians and singers from many of his previous parishes joined Winchester parishioners, ably directed by Mr Martin Lewis from Sacred Heart Waterlooville. After the Mass, a great parish social was held in the Pastoral Center with refreshments provided by the CWL and by the parish hospitality group. The whole evening reflected Fr Tom’s commitment to service and to inclusive pastoral ministry.


Lord Jesus Christ, eternal High Priest, you offered yourself to the Father on the altar of the cross and through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit gave your priestly people a share in your redeeming sacrifice. Hear our prayer for the sanctification of our priests. Grant that all who are ordained to the ministerial priesthood may be ever more conformed to you, the Divine Master. May they preach the Gospel with pure heart and clear conscience. Let them be shepherds according to your own heart, single-minded in service to you and to the Church, and shining examples of a holy, simple, and joyful life. Through the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary, your Mother and ours, draw all priests and the flocks entrusted to their care to the fullness of eternal life where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



Fr. David Sillince

Fr. David Sillince, parish priest of Southampton St. Boniface’s, will be retiring this autumn. I’d like to express here on all our behalf our profound gratitude to him for his generous priestly service in our Diocese over the years. Originally from Worthing and what is often called a “late vocation,” Fr. David, after his studies at the Beda College in Rome, was ordained in 1990 by Bishop Crispian at Sacred Heart, Bournemouth. He began his priestly life as an assistant for four years at the Cathedral, where he became the chaplain and governor to the parish schools of St. John’s Primary and St. Edmund’s Secondary. He then served for ten years as parish priest of Sacred Heart, Waterlooville, where he was also chaplain to St. Peter’s Primary and to Oaklands School and Sixth Form. Bishop Crispian asked him to move to St. Boniface’s in 2004. Fr. David is a man with many cultural interests, which he tells me he will be developing further in his retirement. One great help for us all is his editorship of the annual Diocesan Ordo, the liturgical calendar laying out for us the saints and seasons of the year, an extract from which is given each week in e-News (see below). I’m very grateful he is continuing this work. So our thanks to Fr. David, as well as our best wishes and our prayers. May God bless him these next few weeks, the last in his parish, as he prepares for the times ahead.



Welcome to Fr. Tom and the Oblates

We’re delighted to welcome to our diocese Fr. Tom Kleinschmidt OMV and two assistant priests, members of the Oblates of Mary the Virgin. Fr. Tom will take over as parish priest of St. Boniface’s, Shirley (Southampton) when Fr. David Sillince retires in the autumn. Currently, Fr. Tom, an American citizen, is the Vicar General of this expanding Congregation and has been based at the Oblate house and shrine in Loretto, Austria. He is known already by many of our own seminarians and by some of the younger priests in the Diocese for his retreat work and spiritual direction. Besides the pastoral care of the parish of St. Boniface’s and the work of the Pastoral Area, I hope that the OMVs will eventually undertake in our Diocese of Portsmouth the work they do so well elsewhere. The Congregation specialises in parish missions, guided retreats, preaching, spiritual direction and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, not least for the clergy. They are in many other parts of the world, such as the Philippines, Nigeria, Austria and the USA, but this will be their first house in the UK. I have occasionally been on retreat with Fr. Tom myself and I remember the Congregation well from the time when I used to live in Boston, Ma. You can read more about them here.



Praying for our Seminarians

Our Seminarian to keep in your prayers this month: Edward Hauschild


Edward is just finishing his second year of Formation and is currently studying at the Venerable English College, Rome.  He has links with St Edward the Confessor Parish, Chandlers Ford and St Edmund’s Parish, Southampton.   He writes...


"I first felt called to the priesthood when I was 21 years old, at Mass at St Edward the Confessor, on Maundy Thursday. I was about to graduate from university and had no idea what I was going to do with my life. I asked God in prayer ‘what do You want me to do?’ The answer was immediate and terrifying ‘Edward I want you to become a priest’ - I was sure it was just a stray thought and decided to ignore it. I convinced myself I was just panicking about my future and my mind was playing tricks on me. But the call grew. It became more insistent and I couldn’t get the idea out of my head for the next three years. I waited until I was sure I wasn’t running away from anything. Fast-forward to my last job: I was well paid, enjoyed my work, and had an active social life, but I still wanted more. I felt a calling to the priesthood, to share the love of God, to preach his word. In the words of St John Paul II, “I became convinced that Christ was saying to me what he had said to thousands before me: 'Come, follow me!” After a retreat at Farnborough Abbey with the vocations team, I put-in my application to study for the Priesthood. A few months (and a lot of interviews) later, I was told that the Bishop wanted me to study at the English College in Rome.  I had ten weeks to pack up my things, say goodbye to my friends, and leave my job behind before getting on a plane to Italy.  I’ve been studying here for two years, and it’s been a real whirlwind experience.  I’ve been given the opportunity to meet the Holy Father, to sing the Passion on Good Friday, to put on shows, and to study in one of the Church’s international universities. A particular highlight for me has been the music. Being a member of the college Schola has given me the opportunity to sing some incredible pieces of music in some amazing places. So far we’ve sung in St Peter’s Square on Easter Sunday, in the Chiesa Nuova on the Feast of St Philip Neri, and in San Lorenzo in Damaso for a Lenten Station Mass."


Edward asks that this month, we pray  ’that anyone who wants to know more about becoming a priest has the courage to contact the Vocations Team.’ You can read more from the Vocations Promotion Team in the July Vocations newsletter here.



Bishop Philip's Engagements                    

Wednesday  3rd July 

Blessing and opening of new Asperger’s unit
Blessed Hugh Faringdon School, Reading  


Thursday 4th July

Funeral Mass for Fr Michael Purbrick R.I.P,
St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Cowes, Isle of Wight, 1pm 


Friday 5th July

Ordination for the Sacred Priesthood of Gosport Friars (FFI) 
St John's Cathedral Portsmouth, 7pm


Saturday 6th July

Significant Wedding Anniversary Mass,
St Bede’s, Basingstoke, 11am



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 30th June

Ss. PETER AND PAUL, Apostlessolemnity [transferred]

Diocesan Prayer: Catholic Community using St Peter’s Anglican Church, Sark 


Monday 1st July

St Oliver Plunkett, Bishop & Martyr, optional memorial

or: Feria [13th Week in Ordinary Time] 

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Sacred Heart & St Peter, Waterlooville (dedicated 1.7.11) 


Tuesday 2nd July

Feria [13th Week in Ordinary Time]  

Diocesan Prayer: Parishes, Communities & Schools in the Portsmouth Pastoral Area


Wednesday 3rd July

St Thomas, Apostle

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Paul, Paulsgrove (consecrated 3.7.1970)
Silver Jubilee: Fr Marcus Brisley (ordained 3.7.1994) 


Thursday 4th July

St Elizabeth of Portugal, optional memorial

or: Feria [13th Week in Ordinary Time] 

Diocesan Prayer:Parish of St Francis, Ascot (consecrated 4.7.1889) 


Friday 5th July

St Anthony Zaccaria, Founder, optional memorial

or: Feria [13th Week in Ordinary Time]  

Diocesan Prayer:Community of Notre Dame du Rosaire, Guernsey (consecrated 4.7.1968)


Saturday 6th July

St Maria Goretti, Virgin, Martyr, optional memorial

or: Our Lady on Saturday

or: Feria [13th Week in Ordinary Time]  

Diocesan Prayer: Community of Holy Trinity, Church Crookham (consecrated 5.7.1975) 


Sunday 7th July


Diocesan Prayer: Parishes, Communities & Schools in the South Berkshire Pastoral Area 


Forthcoming Events         

Thursday 4th July

Caritas Bollywood Fundraiser
Catedral Discovery Centre

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Friday 5th July

Vocation Seeker Group

Sacred Heart Church Fareham

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Friday 5th - Monday 8th July

Visit of the Miraculous Relic Image of 
Our Lady of Guadalupe

St Joseph's Aldershot

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Saturday 6th July

Significant Wedding Anniversaries Mass

St Bede's Basingstoke

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Saturday 6th July

First Saturday Devotions

St Mary's Gosport

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Saturday 6th July

Marian Group 

St Mary's Gosport

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Friday 12th July

Basingstoke Catenian Circle Golf Day 
in aid of CAFOD
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Saturday 13th July

Conference on Scripture and Contemplative Spirituality

Blavatnik School of Government, 120 Walton St, Oxford OX2 6AH
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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

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Saturday 27th July

Alton Day of Renewal

Alton Convent

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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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Saturday 3rd August

First Saturday Devotions

St Mary's Gosport

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Saturday 3rd August

Marian Group 

St Mary's Gosport

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Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th August

Behold the Man!

Havant Passion Play

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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


11th-21st October 

Pilgrimage to Rome & Assisi for Extraordinary Mission Month

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Wednesday 2nd - Tuesday 8th October

Pilgrimage to Knock, Co. Mayo

Further details from Fr Tom Grufferty





Please pray for..

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 weeks.


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.


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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In Corde Iesu


Bishop of Portsmouth


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