Portsmouth Diocese e-News 

Tuesday 30th July 2019 - Issue 238 (2019/28)


Dear Friends,

I’m just back from Lourdes where we had an amazing pilgrimage (see below). I brought to the Grotto all our prayers and intentions, including those that many of you sent in. Four of our seminarians were with us and together with the youth pilgrims did a great work of service and care of all, including a bit of entertainment on the last night! Please pray for our seminarians and keep praying for vocations. Otherwise, I hope you are enjoying these high summer days as we enter the month of August, a month traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and crowned by the feastday of Her Assumption on 15th. Meanwhile, below you can read all the news from the diocese for this week. Thank you or all the Good News you send in – and to Deacon Craig for setting everything up for us. God bless you.  







Back from Lourdes

We had a fantastic Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes these last days! Please be assured I remembered all your intentions, including the many you sent me by email. Our youth contingent numbered almost forty, including a dozen FOCUS missionaries from the USA; they left by coach last Wednesday 24th July on a 24 hour journey, with Fr. Phil Carroll, Sarah Keogh, Chris Fereira and others on board. They took the Dover-Calais ferry and arrived in Lourdes just ahead of the rest of us on Thursday afternoon, a bit tired but nevertheless in good spirits. The main pilgrimage left on Thursday morning 25th July. We flew from Southampton to Bordeaux, then from there by coach to Lourdes. Thursday was an amazingly hot day: as I remarked to one of the pilgrims at the rest stop on the autoroute, as we ran from the air-conditioned coach into the service-station, gasping for air, “It’s turned out nice, hasn’t it?!” When we arrived in Lourdes, the youth were there to meet us; they helped us unload the coach, transfer the luggage and settle into our rooms. We numbered almost 110 pilgrims and spent four days together at Hotel La Solitude. It was great to have use of the chapel opposite the hotel for Mass and for the Liturgy of the Hours, and Sarah led the music beautifully, together with contributions from two of our seminarians, Ryan Hawkes and Ryan Browne. Besides the two Ryans, we also had with us two of our other seminarians, Ambrose Chou and David Bateman. The weather was wet over the weekend, but it didn’t halt our programme, which included the usual pilgrim activities in Lourdes, such as the Torchlight Procession, the Blessed Sacrament Procession, Rosary, Stations of the Cross and a visit to the Baths. On Saturday evening we had a beautiful Healing Service in St. Joseph’s chapel with the Sacrament of the Sick and individual Benediction. We also had a day out at Gavarnie. We finished on Sunday night with a lively social in the bar of the hotel, led by our youth. We got back into Southampton on Monday just an hour late.



Welcome to Heather!

We are very pleased to welcome Heather Hauschild, our new Chief Operating Officer (COO), who begins work with us this week. This is a new role for the diocese. She will have responsibility for the finances of the Diocese and also for all the human resources, support and administration services. As mentioned before, Heather is well qualified for this. She has worked in NHS management for most of her career to date and was until very recently the Chief Officer for the NHS West Hampshire clinical commissioning group. In this role, she was the accountable officer for strategic and operational planning and for the delivery of health services through a number of primary and secondary medical providers, for half a million people in the area covered by the clinical commissioning group, with a budget running into hundreds of millions. Heather is a parishioner in Southampton. She is married and has two sons, and her eldest son Edward is currently training for the priesthood at the Venerable English College in Rome. Please pray for her as she settles into the role and as she gets to know us all over these next weeks.  We hope for great things going forward. She will be building on the splendid preparatory work that Sue Broadbent did as Director of Change Management, in collaboration with Chris Smith, our Director of Communications. We offer Heather a very warm welcome.​



Next Sunday's Gospel

Next Sunday is 18th Sunday of the Year and the Gospel is from Luke 12:13-21, the Parable of the Rich Fool. 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.


Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of one's possessions.” 16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich towards God.”


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



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

What I am for? 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – Luke 12:13-21


In this Gospel, Jesus mysteriously discloses to us what money is for, what we are for, and what He has come for. Three essential truths to reverse our commonly mistaken notions. We can easily think that Jesus had come to sort out our earthly and worldly problems – “Master, tell my brother to give me a share of our inheritance.” – as if he was a tool to serve us, and we ourselves were tools to make money. Here, Jesus reverses these false beliefs, which so often direct our thoughts, words and actions, even implicitly. He has come to reorder all things to God. Money is made to serve us, and not to dominate us, and we are made for God. God is the finality of our life, which means that all our gifts, all our possessions, all our powers, should be directed to his glory and to his service, especially as we meet him daily in our brothers and sisters. This Wednesday, in the webinar, we’ll reflect on:
Faith: Do we believe that we are made for God?

Hope: How is this faith made manifest in our actions?

Love: How do we put our possessions, time and gifts at the service of love?   


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



St John Vianney - Patron of Priests

Next Sunday, 4th August, we would normally celebrate the Memorial of St. John Vianney, often called the “Curé D’Ars.” Please pray for your priest on that day. Please say a prayer for me too as it is the 35th anniversary of my ordination to the sacred priesthood, so for me it is always a special day.


St. John Vianney lived from 1786 to 1859. He spent the whole of his priestly life in a tiny village called Ars, near Lyons France, which, bit by bit, through his preaching, his prayer, his holiness, his hard work he completely transformed. He lived an extremely ascetical life: he fasted every day on a piece of dry bread and a boiled potato. He was totally dedicated and worked hard, especially for the young. After saying Mass and the Divine Office, he spent the rest of the day in confessions, people queuing from the night before to see him. The secret of his life, as he so often said, was a deep, personal-passionate love for Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. St. John Vianney was the master of a good phrase. He summed it all up like this: the priesthood is the love of the Heart of Jesus. So please pray for your priests and please pray for vocations to all states of life and ministry in the Church. John Vianney once said: What use would a house be filled with gold, were there no one to open its door? Our prayer today is the one the Cure said when he first arrived in his new parish in Ars: Lord, grant me the conversion of my parish: I am willing to suffer whatever you wish for my entire life. As a priest and bishop, I find that prayer scary, but I know I must somehow make it my own. So please pray for me, as I do for you.



Saints of the Diocesan Calendar - St Ethelwold

In Abingdon and Winchester on 3rd August the Memorial of St Ethelwold is kept. Together with St Dunstan, Ethelwold (or Æthelwold) ranks as one of the great figures of 10th century monastic reform. Born in Winchester sometime between 904 and 909, he spent his youth at the court of King Athelstan. He became Prior of Glastonbury and in 955 received from King Ædred the Abbey of Abingdon which he re-established. On 29th November 963 he was ordained Bishop of Winchester by St Dunstan. There he installed monks in the cathedral, and restored the two Winchester foundations of the New Minster and Nunnaminster. He also restored the monasteries at Milton (Dorset) and Chertsey, and made new foundations at Ely, Peterborough and Thorney (East Anglia), in the course of which he made himself unpopular with secular clergy who were turned out of monasteries to make way for genuine monks. He was a renowned scholar, compiling the Regularis Concordia and translating the Rule of Benedict into Old English. He used some of the wealth he accumulated to build new churches and was a great patron of ecclesiastical art. He died on 1st August 984 at Beddington in Surrey, and was buried in the Old Minster at Winchester. After a miraculous cure attributed to him some twelve years later, his body was moved from the crypt to the choir and he was recognized as a saint, though never formally canonized. An arm and a leg apparently were taken to the Abbey at Abingdon before the 12th century. 


From Deacon Martin

A few days ago, I had a discussion with my Financial Adviser, about pensions, investments and life assurance. It is therefore a providential irony – for me, at least – that in this coming Sunday’s Gospel (18th Sunday in Ordinary Time [C]), Jesus warns us that “a man’s life is not made secure by what he owns” (Lk 12:15). It’s easy to interpret the story of the “rich fool” (Lk 12:16-21) as a condemnation of money as “the root of all evil”. But I’d suggest the message conveyed by our scripture readings is more nuanced. There are a couple of details in Sunday’s Gospel that can point the way:

1. The story starts with someone in dispute with his brother (Lk 12:13). In Luke’s gospel, a dispute is often a sign that those pressing their case have lost a sense of the true order of things: remember Martha complaining about Mary (Lk 10:38-42), and the disciples arguing about which of them was the greatest (Lk 9:46).
2. The “rich fool” in the parable is concerned only with himself: the words “I” and “my” occur 11 times in 3 verses.




Jennifer Geach reflects...

In previous posts I mentioned that our proper attitude to God is one of ‘humble and hearty thanks’ not only when we get what we want, but also when our will is frustrated in small things.  These are baby steps towards loving God best, and conforming ourselves to his holy will.  However, the next step is much harder.  It is to give thanks to God when truly appalling misfortune breaks over our heads: someone we love is faced with dreadful illness and misfortune; a child is sick unto death, a family member is killed or maimed in an accident. Then we may be tempted to obey the advice of Job’s comforters, and curse God and die. Or when laws of hideous injustice are passed, such as the recent abortion act in Ireland.  When we had this debate on Guernsey, I was appalled to hear someone saying that if the law were passed, that would be in accordance with God’s will.  This is a hard pill to swallow: but since we know that nothing can happen without God’s permission, she was right.  Even the greatest horrors of the twentieth century, even the great slaughter of abortion which now brings so much destruction, happen with God’s permissive will.  As St Augustine tells usFor the things which God rightly wills, He accomplishes by the evil wills of bad men”. 


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How to never miss God’s Will for your life

In this short video, Fr. Mike Schmitz asks: How can we never miss God’s Will For our life? I am always hopeful that we can invite Fr. Mike to come and visit us some time in the Diocese of Portsmouth. He’s a great speaker, as I’m sure you will agree. Fr. Mike is a priest for the Diocese of Duluth, MN where he currently runs the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He is  also the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for that diocese. Known internationally for his inspiring words and wisdom, consistent hilarity, and genuine coolness, Fr. Mike is becoming something of a Catholic household name. Why not check out some of his great homilies, videos, and articles here





Fanning The Flame Summer Camp

Summer camp from 19th-23rd August for 10 - 25 year olds. There are a few places still available, but bookings close on 10th August!  
Finished your academic year and don’t know what to do for a week in the summer? Come and join us for an amazing 5 days in the New Forest! At this year's camp we focus on the great adventure of following Jesus Christ in faith. Using some of the great stories of adventure from popular culture we will continue to discover our relationship with Christ, what that means, and how becoming intentional disciples changes us and the way we are in the world, as we journey through life in, and with, Christ. It's easy camping with great teaching and lots of fun!  The young people have an opportunity to experience many different types of prayer, ask questions about their faith, and understand how to better live it in today’s society. We also have great food, good facilities and opportunities for sports and games, craft workshops, horse riding (if they want) and a walk to the local lake. It’s a well balanced week of faith, fun and fellowship! If you cannot come, please keep the event in your prayers. Thank you!  For more information, pictures, booking forms and inquiries please go see their website 


A New Programme of Evangelisation and Catechesis

Sycamore is an informal course about the Christian faith and its relevance for life today. It gives people space to meet others, share ideas, explore their beliefs, and think about questions that really matter. Each Sycamore session involves a short film and time for discussion. There’s no pressure and no commitment. People can be themselves without any fear of being judged. There’s a real sense of community, a spirit of friendship, some great conversation, and often some delicious food. Everyone is welcome. The high-quality films are engaging, thought-provoking, and accessible to those with little or no religious background. They explore the richness of the Christian tradition from a Catholic perspective, connecting the core Christian message with a vision of the sacramental and moral life. They will also appeal to people from different Christian traditions and backgrounds. The films are presented by Fr Stephen Wang, a Catholic priest with much experience in teaching and media work, and they include Christian testimonies and street interviews about the challenges of believing today.


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Young Hearts on Fire

Sr. Joana, aci, from the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Boscombe tells us about their new post-Holy Communion programme for children...


A new and exciting modular programme has been launched in Boscombe to help post-Holy Communion children, in school years 4-6, discover how to grow closer to God by deepening their relationship and friendship with Him and others. The programme has been created by the Hearts on Fire Ignatian Spirituality Team on the South Coast, in conjunction with the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart. The pilot programme was launched in Corpus Christi Boscombe and local parishes with the support of parents.


The initiative is based on Ignatian Spirituality which is about “finding God in all things” and everybody; in the natural world and in our relationships and our interactions with them. The aim of this programme is to help children develop the understanding and skills to see and discover for themselves how God is in and at work in all things.


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A new programme from the Carmelites at Boars Hill

Are you interested in training as a spiritual director, enriching your ministry, or deepening your understanding of spiritual direction?​  The innovative Spiritual Direction Training Programme (Carmelite Tradition) starting in September 2019 is a two-year programme of distance-learning with short residential schools. The course is offered by the Centre for Applied Carmelite Spirituality, Boars Hill, Oxford, England. This programme is suitable for people in pastoral ministries, those already trained in other traditions of spiritual direction who wish to enrich their practice, those wishing to prepare for accompanying others on their faith journey, and anyone wishing to deepen their knowledge of Christian Spirituality by drawing on the insights of Carmelite saints and mystics into human self-understanding, spiritual growth and the life of prayer. Further information and application forms are available online or email: courses@carmelite.org.uk / telephone: 01865 735133 / 01865 680808.




Amazing Relic comes to Guernsey.

Yvonne Priaulx, Parish Secretary at Our Lady and the Saints of Guernsey writes...


A zuchetta which once belonged to Pope St John Paul II is now on display at Notre Dame du Rosaire Church. The zuchetta was given to the late Canon Maurice Lecluze, (Parish Priest of Notre Dame church for over 40 years), by the Pope in June 1989 when he made a personal pilgrimage to Rome to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his ordination. Following Canon Lecluze's death in 2003, his niece Liliane inherited the zuchetta. In 2017 she gifted it to Pat Devenport, a parishioner and close family friend. Pat felt that the rightful place for it was Notre Dame Church and so gifted it to the parish. A big thank you to Larry Malcic who designed the display cabinet, arranged the items to be displayed and organised the making of the cabinet. The display was blessed by Canon Michael Hore, Parish Priest of Guernsey, following mass on Saturday 29th June. It was a very significant day for this to take place as Canon Lecluze was ordained on 29th June 1949 and therefore it would have been the 70th anniversary of his ordination.



News from St Joseph's Centre Ashurst

Fr Des Connolly SMM, Superior of the Company of Mary (Montfort Missionaries), Director of St Joseph’s Centre in Ashurst shares some news...


The Missionaries of Charity (Mother Teresa’s Sisters) with many of the young women and children they care had a wonderful time at Saint Joseph’s Centre in Ashurst this past weekend. As you can imagine it was a truly blessed experience for all of us. The theme of the weekend was "God’s mercy". As we listened to the stories of the woman who came with the sisters it was obvious why the sisters had chosen this theme. Most of these women have really struggled to cope with their experiences of life in a country other than their own. Their children were born into a world of pain and rejection. The sisters have been the net of God’s mercy for them. The house was filled with laughter, screaming, crying, singing, praying, playing and long feeding times! We couldn’t get into the house for prams and push-chairs...It was wonderful!



CAFOD Golf Day

On a recent beautiful summer’s day, some 60 golfers came together to support CAFOD and its work in cyclone-hit Mozambique. Organised by Joe Shevlin and Pat Murphy, both members of the Basingstoke Catenian Circle, the golf day was staged, this year, at Weybrook Park Golf Club on the outskirts of Basingstoke. Players, ladies and gentlemen, came from far and near to play on the day.  Following coffee and a hearty bacon roll, the golf got underway.  At the supper following the golf, prizes were awarded for best individual scores as well as prizes for best team scores. Every Catenian organised event involves a raffle and this day was no different!   The players were very generous, such that at the conclusion to a very successful day, over £1200 had been raised for CAFOD’s work with its partners in Mozambique.    



From Wokingham to Westminster

Paris Finnegan, class teacher at  St Teresa’s, Wokingham writes about their recent visit to Westminster Cathedral...


The Mini Vinnies at St Teresa’s Catholic Academy, Wokingham were so excited when they received an invitation to a very special Mass at Westminster Cathedral. Mini Vinnies from around the country travelled to the Cathedral to celebrate and give thanks for all of the hard work they have completed this year. The Cathedral blew the children away before they had even entered. With some children mentioning that it was now their favourite building in London. The excitement continued as the children entered and had a mini tour around the Cathedral with Mrs Peters before the celebration began. Some of our Mini Vinnies were very fortunate to have special roles throughout the Mass. Henry and Eloise carried our school banner in the procession through the Cathedral at the start of Mass. Two of our group were Altar Servers and another read out one of the bidding prayers. It was so lovely to see the children taking ownership of the Mass especially in such an amazing venue like Westminster Cathedral. It was a fabulous way to thank the Mini Vinnies for all of their hard work year and they are already full of ideas to get started on next year.



Zero Heroes in Guernsey!

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

Thank you to St Mary & St Michael Primary school in Guernsey for taking part in the CAFOD Zero Hero campaign. The campaign is calling for all politicians to act against Climate Change and move towards producing net zero greenhouse gas emissions. Rosemary Peacock, one of our CAFOD school volunteers, visited St Mary & St Michaels to tell them about climate change and how it is making the lives of some of the poorest people in our world even more difficult.  She explained how greenhouse gas emissions are damaging our beautiful world and that we need to get to net zero emissions as soon as possible by showing this film. The children were so inspired by Rosemary’s visit that they wanted to form their own zero in the playground (photo). You can also get involved in our campaign by signing the petition about net zero online version here and version to print off here.


If you are available during the week why not consider becoming one of our CAFOD school volunteers who go into schools and empower young people to make a difference in our world! Contact the CAFOD Portsmouth office for more information on 01252 329385 or portsmouth@cafod.org.uk.    



Letter to the Editor 

Pete Hughes, a parishioner from St Mary's Upper Woolhampton wrote to Deacon Craig, Editor of e-News about how impressed he was with the reverence of some young visitors from Argentina. He writes...
Last Sunday morning I had the honour of being at Mass in Woolhampton with a coachload of amazing young ladies who were on a visit to UK from Argentina.  Backpacks identified them as being from Colegio Jesus Maria in Buenos Aires.The group of some 50+ teenage girls are to be commended for their extremely respectful and devout behaviour.  All joined in with responses and singing hymns in a language not their own.  I cannot imagine any way that they could have been more attentive or better behaved. I believe it appropriate to recognise their visit and to commend their teachers and pastors, and indeed the girls themselves.  They are a real credit to themselves and to our faith.





Introducing our new Seminarians

Vocations Director, Canon Gerard Flynn writes...


These four young men need your prayers .... and they will be praying for you too! Ryan Browne, Jack Ryan, Farvin Gonsalves and Ryan Hawkes of our Diocese begin formation for the sacred priesthood in a few weeks. Canon Gerard Flynn,  Vocations Director, encourages them to pray now for the people to whom they might be ministering, as priests, in seven years or so. Ryan Browne heads off for an intensive Italian course, joining the Venerable English College, Rome. Jack, Farvin and Ryan Hawkes go at the end of August to Mater Sacerdotum, a House of Discernment attached to Shrewsbury Cathedral. They join a community of Shrewsbury men, led by Fr Edmund Montgomery, the Vocations Director there. They will hone the arts of community living, will pray the Prayer of the Church, participate in the Sacred Liturgy, have Parish Pastoral experience and follow a number of courses. They will spend time in spiritual retreat and direction. In October they go out to Rome for the canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman. Bishop Philip will formally entrust the men to Shrewsbury Diocese with a liturgy to coincide with the Barbecue for Inquirers on 27th August arranged by the Vocations Promoter, Fr John Cooke. Parish Priests are reminded  that Fr John is delighted to welcome any such inquirers from the Diocese. They will also have the opportunity to meet our present seminarians and hear about their experience. If any priest wishes to find out more about please email Fr John. Click on the photo for a great video from the Bishop of Shrewsbury about the Mater Sacerdotum House of Discernment. 



More summer reading

I should like to recommend this new booklet about my predecessor Bishop William Cotter who was 3rd Bishop of Portsmouth (1910 – 1940). It is written by Dr. Paul Severn and published by the Isle of Wight Catholic History Society


I was asked to write the Foreword to the booklet, in which I said “I am delighted to commend to you this short biography of Bishop Cotter. Its author, Dr. Paul Severn, has already done some sterling work on Bishop Cahill, the second Bishop of Portsmouth. Now, we have another title, this time on the third Bishop of Portsmouth. A favourite theme of Bishop Cotter in preaching, is the need for Catholics to integrate their religious lives with their everyday lives. This is a message ever relevant. Indeed, may he inspire us to do this today per Christum Dominum nostrum. I am happy to recommend this excellent booklet to you”.


The booklet is available from the Isle of Wight Catholic History Society at £2-50 (£3-50 inc. p&p). Email iow-chs@outlook.com or telephone 01983 566740



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 28th July


Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption & St Edward the Confessor, Lyndhurst (consecrated 28.7.1896)


Monday 29th July

St Martha, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Community of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, St Sampson, Guernsey 


Tuesday 30th July

St Peter Chrysologus, Bishop, Doctor of the Church, optional memorial

or: Feria [17th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Diocesan Council of Priests


Wednesday 31st July

St Ignatius of Loyola, Founder, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Jesuits in the Diocese


Thursday 1st August

St Alphonsus Liguori, Founder, Bishop, Doctor of the Church, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Redemptorists in the Diocese 


Friday 2nd August

St Eusebius of Vercelli, Bishop, optional memorial

or: St Peter Julian Eymard, Founder, optional memorial

or: Feria [17th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in the Diocese

Right Rev John Baptist Cahill, 2nd Bishop of Portsmouth (RIP 1910)


Saturday 3rd August

Our Lady on Saturday

or: Feria [17th Week in Ordinary Time]

Abingdon/Winchester: St Ethelwold, Bishop, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Retired or Sick Clergy of the Diocese


Sunday 4th August


Diocesan Prayer: Bishop Philip (ordained priest 4.8.1984)

Ruby Jubilee: Fr Thomas Taaffe (ordained 4.8.1979)


Monday 5th August

Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary Major, Rome, optional memorial

or: Feria [18th Week in Ordinary Time] 

Diocesan Prayer: Don Bosco Summer Camp


Tuesday 6th August


Diocesan Prayer: Church Fabric Committees


Wednesday 7th August

St Sixtus II, Pope & Companions, Martyrs, optional memorial

or: St Cajetan, Founder, optional memorial

or: Feria [18th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Lay Dominicans and Dominican Secular Institute 


Thursday 8th August

St Dominic, Founder, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Dominican Sisters [of Malta, of Saint Joseph & of the Presentation] in the Diocese


Friday 9th August

ST TERESA BENEDICTA OF THE CROSS [Edith Stein], Religious, Martyr, Patron of Europe, feast

Diocesan Prayer: Dialogue with other faiths, and especially the work of the Council of Christians & Jews


Saturday 10th August

ST LAURENCE, Deacon, Martyr, feast

Diocesan Prayer: Parishes, Communities & Schools in the North West Hampshire Pastoral Area


Sunday 11th August


Diocesan Prayer: Caritas Christi


Forthcoming Events         

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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Thursday 8th August

Annual Mass at St Dominic's Priory
Carisbrooke, IoW

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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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Sunday 1st September 

Annual Walk from Ryde to Quarr Abbey

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Wednesday 4th September 

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day Briefing

St Joseph & St Margaret Clitherow Church Bracknell 

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Saturday 7th September 

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day Briefing

St Bede’s Church Basingstoke

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Wednesday 18th September 

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day Briefing

St Colman’s Church Portsmouth

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Saturday 21st September 

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day Briefing

St Edmund Campion Church Bournemouth 

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Saturday 21st September 

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day Briefing

St Thomas of Canterbury Church Cowes Isle of Wight

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Saturday 21st September 

Climate Change, Faith and Me

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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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Sunday 13th October

Canonisation of Saint John Henry Newman

St Peter's Rome


Friday 25th October

Thanksgiving Mass for the Canonisation of Saint John Henry Newman

Bournemouth Oratory at Sacred Heart Bournemouth





We currently have the following job opportunities in the Diocese:


Payroll Administrator 


Diocesan Property Manager

Parish Administrator/Secretary, St Joseph, Havant with St. Thomas, Emsworth 

Hall Manager, St Joseph, Havant with St. Thomas, Emsworth

For application forms, job descriptions and Equal Ops Monitoring form please visit the Vacancies page of the Diocesan website.




Please pray for..

Vocations to all states of life and ministry in the Church, especially to the Sacred Priesthood, Diaconate and Religious Life. For the recently ordained and for all our students currently in formation for ordination and those responsible for their formation in the various seminaries in which they are based. 


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.


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. 


We try to include a broad range of news and reflective articles, but publication of an article does not necessarily reflect the views of the Editor or of the Bishop.


Please e-mail all news items by Friday for consideration for the following week's issue to Deacon Craig Aburn: executiveassistant@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk.


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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