Portsmouth Diocese e-News 

Tuesday 24th September 2019 - Issue 245 (2019/35)


Dear Friends,

I’m just back from the conference of bishops in Steubenville – a bit jet-lagged but up and running! I’m glad to be back in time to be here today. For today is the great feast of Our Lady of Walsingham. It’s also the seventh anniversary of my ordination as Bishop of Portsmouth. I remember well the awesome day here at the Cathedral in September 2012. I have much to thank God for in the times since, and also much to pray about. Please say a prayer for me today and also for our Diocese, its clergy, religious and laity. Meanwhile, thanks to Deacon Craig for editing this week’s e-News. If you have some inspiring Good News to share either yourself or from your parish or your school, please let him know. May Our Lady of Walsingham pray for you today and obtain for your many blessings from Her Son.




Please say this prayer

As we prepare for the Year of God’s Word (2020) and the Year of the Eucharist (2021, I wish to ask you to pray earnestly for the renewal of our Diocese of Portsmouth. Please say this prayer these next days for our clergy and laity:


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.




Back from Steubenville

I’m just back from a two-day conference of bishops, held in Steubenville, Ohio. The conference, organised by the St. Paul’s Evangelisation Society (SPES), was called Evangelising Dioceses and I’ll say more about it next week. It was action-packed, starting at 6 am each day and was attended by 40 bishops, mainly from the US. It was held on the beautiful campus of Franciscan University, a private Catholic university, run by the Franciscan Third Order Regulars and established in 1946 by Fr. Dan Egan. Not far from Pittsburgh, the university offers bachelors and masters level degree programmes. It has about 5,000 students and its staff include Dr. Petroc Willey, whom many will remember from his time at Maryvale Institute in Birmingham. I was pleased to catch up with him. Currently Professor of Theology and Catechetics, he has been developing partnerships with almost 60 American dioceses, launching and supporting the kinds of distance-learning programmes he used to run at Maryvale. Meanwhile, in the picture is a photo of the tiny church of the Portiuncula in the grounds of the University. It is a replica of the chapel built by St. Francis of Assisi in response to the Lord’s call to him, “Rebuild my church.” At Steubenville, there is 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration in this tiny chapel, and I was impressed that when I visited it, it was packed with students in silent prayer. At first, I could not get a seat; some students were sitting on the grass outside in order to find space and quiet for prayer.



Next Sunday's Gospel

Next Sunday is 26th Sunday of the Year and the Gospel is from Luke 16:19-31. Here we give it in the Anglicised English Standard Version (ESVUK) translation.


“There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried, 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. 24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not do so, and none may cross from there to us.’ 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house— 28 for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”


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



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

Known by name - 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Luke 16:19-31

In our society, we tend to know the names of the people who matter. Celebrities, athletes, politicians, royalties, movie stars, televisions hosts, are known by name, and the glamorous details of their lives are often exposed to all. The people who don’t matter are unknown, nobodies. They are nameless masses to the rest of society. They are referred to by categories: the poor, the lonely, the sick, the elderly… In this Sunday’s parable, the opposite is true. The anonymous rich man’s identity is reduced to his wealth, while the poor man begging at his door is given a name: Lazarus. In fact, in all the parables of Jesus, Lazarus is the only character who is given a name. In the eyes of God, no one is nameless, but when we fail to see others as persons with a name, we disappear into the anonymity we have created for them. The rich man lives as if Lazarus didn’t exist, and ends up in the hell he has chosen for himself, where no one – not even himself – matters. In this Wednesday webinar, we’ll reflect on:

Faith: How do we truly know God as a friend through faith?    

Hope: How can we hope to be known by him as a friend?
Love: How is this friendship evident in my life?  


You can read a summary of this month's Wednesday Webinars hereSign up for the webinar here or catch up via the recording if you are unable to join us.     



Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham

Please pray today for our Bishop. In Walsingham, all Catholic pilgrimages are centred on the Slipper Chapel, where the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham is enthroned. The statue is a modern one but has been modelled as closely as possible on the medieval statue. Our Lady is depicted in traditional style seated on a simple chair of state with the Child Jesus on her knee. She wears a Saxon crown in token of her ancient queen-ship and carries the lily of purity. In 1982 during Pope John Paul II's visit, the Slipper Chapel Statue was taken to Wembley Stadium and was carried around the stadium prior to the Papal Mass preceded by the Director of the Roman Catholic Shrine and the Administrator of the Anglican Shrine. The Pope asked that the statue be placed on the altar for the Mass. In 2000 St John Paul II decreed that the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham, patroness of England, and in modern times patroness of all English-speaking peoples, would be celebrated on 24th September in England. It is a solemnity for all parishes in any part of the world named for Our Lady under this title.
O Mary, recall the solemn moment when Jesus, your Divine son, dying on the cross, confided us to your maternal care. You are our Mother, we desire ever to remain your devout children. Let us therefore feel the effects of your powerful intercession with Jesus Christ. Make your name again glorious in this place once renowned throughout our land by your visits, favours and many miracles. Pray, O holy Mother of God for the conversion of England, restoration of the sick, consolation for the afflicted, repentance of sinners, peace to the departed. O Blessed Mary, Mother of God, Our Lady of Walsingham, intercede for us. Amen. 


Deacon Martin writes...

This week, I have enjoyed sitting out in my garden, where there are a number of mature trees.  Many of them are bearing fruit; one of our apple trees has let some of its fruit fall to the ground.  And a young parishioner came to me last Sunday, bearing with pride a cake she had made from the berries she had collected from bushes near where she lives. Both are lovely images of the bounty of God, Who “alone… makes things grow” (1 Cor 3:7). Fruitfulness, outcomes and fulfilment are ideas that appear in all the Scripture readings this coming Sunday (26th in Ordinary Time (C)) – but not always explicitly.  Indeed, the rich way in which this theme is expressed in Sunday’s gospel (Lk 16:19-31), is an example of how we should read every passage of the gospel, in the context of the whole gospel, reflecting the “unity of the whole of Scripture” (Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, "Dei Verbum", 12). 





Jennifer Geach reflects...

There have been some results from polls in the United States which are  dismaying, for they indicate that a significant proportion of Catholics either do not know, or do not believe, the doctrine of Transubstantiation.  Some regard the Eucharist as Protestants do, simply as a memorial meal, in which we eat bread and drink wine in memory of Christ: others have a Lutheran approach, and think that although Christ is somehow present in the Sacred elements, the bread and the wine are still there.  However, the constant teaching of the Church from apostolic times, is that after the Consecration, there is neither bread nor wine on the altar, but only Jesus Christ, Body Blood Soul and Divinity.  One might legitimately call this the doctrine of the ‘real absence’: the substance of the bread and wine is wholly absent, and what is there is Jesus Christ. If anyone doubt that this is what Christ taught, let them read John Chapter 6. Again and again in this chapter, Jesus tells his followers that if they wish to have eternal life, if they wish to share the life of God himself, then they must eat His flesh and drink his blood.  No wonder that many of those hearing this said ‘This is a hard saying: who can believe it?’ and ceased from following him. 





Sister Carino OP talks about her recent Profession

It’s strange, I think, which particular moments of important days stick in one’s mind. Personally, one of my clearest memories of making First Profession as a Dominican Sister on Saturday 14th September is the moment during the Mass when I lifted up my scapular – the long, apron-like piece of material worn over the shoulders – for the priest to bless with holy water. It struck me then that what I was doing at that moment was an act which summed up my entire religious life: the lifting-up and the handing-over of myself to God through free choice. It was a simple act, but one which spoke deeply to me of what it means to be a consecrated religious. At the time of writing I have been a professed sister for a grand total of only five days – but religious life is not something new to me. For the previous three years I have been living with the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph in the New Forest and sharing in their life: a Christ-shaped life of poverty, chastity and obedience, in which we contemplate the Christ whom we have chosen to follow and then pass on the fruits of that contemplation through preaching and teaching. Over those three years I and the sisters have together been discerning whether or not this Dominican life is for me - not whether I ‘like’ it, or merely can ‘do’ it, but whether I am being truly called to it by a gracious act of God. I was able to leave at absolutely any point I wanted to if I decided this life was not in fact what I was being called to.



National Cross Day this Thursday!

A parishioner in the diocese has drawn our attention to this ecumenical initiative which it would be good for us all to support...


Thursday 26th September is National Cross Day. Do you have a crucifix? Perhaps in your jewellery box or tucked away in a drawer? Make sure you wear it on National Cross Day! For Christians, the cross - and for Catholics, particularly, the crucifix - symbolises the amazing sacrifice Jesus Christ made when he was crucified on the first Good Friday. The Bible shows how sin – being disobedient to God, rebelling against Him – is so serious that it deserves the gravest punishment: death. But the cross reminds us that because God loves every person so much, he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to live on earth some 2,000 years ago and to take that punishment Himself, in our place. Such is the grace of God! Because of the cross, people who repent for their sins – who deliberately decide to turn away from sin and lead a godly life – can be forgiven. National Cross Day reminds us, too, of all Christians who are being persecuted and suffering simply for believing in the power of the cross. By taking part in National Cross Day, we can show our solidarity with them. Why a National Cross Day? There are millions of Christians in the United Kingdom. Where you work. On the train or bus. Where you volunteer. Where you socialise. But – do you know who they are? For too long, grassroots Christians have been invisible. Yes, there are the people you see on Sunday mornings – but at other times? National Cross Day enables you to find Christians everywhere! The first National Cross Day was on 26th September last year. Many churches and Christians took part. What do I have to do? Wear your crucifix or cross on National Cross Day, 26th September including at work. Round your neck. On a lapel. Pinned on your shirt. Anywhere other Christians can easily recognise you – and you can recognise them. Then talk to them. Make new friends. Build new Christian networks! That’s the idea. Very simple. You CAN do it! Read more on the National Cross Day website.



Day of Reparation 

Antonia Moffat from the National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham wishes to draw our attention to this national event happening this Saturday in Westminster Cathedral...


There is to be a Day of Prayer on Saturday 28th September in Westminster Cathedral asking forgiveness and offering prayers of reparation for the sins of abuse within the Church. Before the enormity of the sins we stand helpless and in anguish over the horror of the suffering caused to victims. WE can only turn to the Lord in repentance & grief and beg for HIS Mercy, Forgiveness and Healing. Priests and people are invited to pray in union of prayer with this Divine Mercy Day of Prayer. It is to be led by Bishop John Keenan of the Diocese of Paisley and Fr. Dominic Allain Pastoral Director of "Grief to Grace". Bishop John Keenan invites us to "Bring to the Father of Mercies our horror, outrage, our anguish and grief. WE pray for God's healing for victim-survivors and, through our prayer and penance, for the wounded Body of Christ on account of these sins"... "Our Communal Act of Reparation will be the centre of our day of penance and reparation and I would appeal to you to approach it seriously and in awareness that it must be our ongoing and fervent prayer. The life long agony of the victim-survivors must be acknowledged before the Lord and before those abused themselves." Bishop Keenan further reflects: "The thought of today gives me great hope! God is calling us to be Prophets of Prayer and Sacrifice who, like the prophets of old, prayed for their nation and for all their peoples to return to God. May God bless your prayers and sacrifices for this blessed Day of God's Mercy for our Church and world. Jesus I Trust in You." You can vew the programme for the day here.



England: the Dowry of Mary

Edmund Matyjaszek draws our attention to a lecture he will be giving on the Isle of Wight...


The Guild of Our Lady of Ransom Annual Lecture will given be on Monday 7th October by Mr Edmund Matyjaszek, Principal of the Priory School of Our Lady of Walsingham, Isle of Wight.  He will be lecturing on: England: The Dowry of Mary: Meaning and MissionThe Guild of Our Lady of Ransom also invites you to a free drinks reception after the lecture. If you wish to attend and to get more details, please register here. All are welcome, so feel free to share this with anyone who may be interested.


The Guild of Our Lady of Ransom has a website here.  The Guild itself was approved and blessed by Pope Leo XIII on 18th May 1889, whereupon he declared himself to be the ‘President’. When meeting with the founders, he prophesied, “When England returns to Walsingham, Our Lady will return to England.”




Inter-religious Anniversary

The Pope visited the Abu Dhabi in January.  He said at the time that he hoped his visit would be an important opportunity "to advance inter-religious dialogue and mutual understanding between the followers of both religions (Christianity and Islam) in this year that marks the 800th anniversary of the historic meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil” of Egypt. 

If  you are interested in Inter-religious Dialogue, you are invited to a day to Celebrate the 800th Anniversary of this historic meeting on Saturday 19th October, from 9.30am to 4.30pm at St Philip Howard Church Hall Bishopsfield Road, Fareham, PO14 1QS. As it is a day of sharing all attending are asked to bring food to share. For more information about the day please contact Esme Vivian ofs, via e-mail: esmefvivian5@google.com or telephone: 01329 319301 (answerphone available).



School Mission Statements

Anna Jarratt, Acting Head of St. Finian’s Catholic Primary School in Thatcham, West Berkshire  reflects on the school Mission Statement...


With Christ at the centre we journey together to reach our potential and live life to the full. At St. Finian’s we want every child to know that as a child of God they are special and loved. With the comfort of this knowledge, our children can grow to be confident young people, who have high aspirations of themselves and who recognise how their unique gifts and talents can make a difference in the world. We believe that we learn best when our hearts and minds our open; by embracing the opinions and beliefs of others, we can build strong communities founded on love and respect. Learning is a joy and a life long journey; with Jesus to guide us, there is no end to our potential.



News from Farnborough Hill School

A group of 35 tenacious and extremely hard-working Farnborough Hill pupils returned to school this week to learn of the outstanding grades they earned in their Level One Project Qualification, taken in Year 9; 20 girls earned an A*, nine an A and six achieved B grades.The pupils chose to challenge themselves by undertaking the project, during which they studied a topic of particular interest, and gained a qualification in recognition of the research they carried out. They worked independently on their project, spending time planning and researching, before presenting their findings to an audience of teachers and peers. The Level One Project Qualification is designed to enhance research, time-management and presentation skills; it can be likened to a mini dissertation and allows the pupils to experience first-hand what university work will potentially be like.The scope for research is endless. Topics this year included: ‘How have the people in Rwanda affected the mountain gorillas?’; ‘What does high-performance swimming teach you that can enable academic success?’; ‘Is the gender pay gap inevitable?’ and ‘How far would an EU ban on plastic bottles reduce the amount of plastic pollution in our oceans?’ Just as diverse was the pupils’ motivation for undertaking such a huge piece of work. Charlotte commented, “I have always enjoyed writing, and when we were given the opportunity to write an essay that we really cared about, I was very excited. I also hoped it would give me good experience for writing essays further on in school and beyond.” Head Alexandra Neil was delighted with the pupils’ work, ‘The creativity and dedication displayed by the young pupils who undertake the mammoth task of the project is inspirational. They reach beyond their curriculum to educate themselves, their peers and their teachers on a topic that they find interesting. The diverse interests of the pupils at Farnborough Hill continually amaze me and I look forward to the project presentations every year. Congratulations to all the girls on not only completing their research but on earning top grades.’   



Retreat day at St. Jude's

Sr Veronica OP reports on the Ananias Retreat Day at St Jude's School in Fareham...


The great story of Jesus retreat day provided St Jude’s school with a slightly different start to their new school year. During the day there was much time and space for personal silent reflection, through Holy Scripture, on the Great Story of Jesus and our response to his call to drop our nets and follow him. This was facilitated by Sr. Veronica OP and the wonderful DVD presentations produced by St Catherine of Sienna Institute and Sherry Weddell’s team in Colorado Springs. Fr. John Cooke and Fr. Tom Grufferty were available during the day to offer the sacrament of Reconciliation if anyone felt touched to receive this sacrament. People were invited to drop their nets on the specially created beach in front of the altar in imitation of the first Apostles if they felt it was time to enter into a deeper personal relationship with Jesus or they could take a card with a picture to ponder further on what they had heard during the day and make a commitment at home privately when they felt ready to do so by placing it on their fridge as a reminder.




News from Reading University Chaplaincy

Adrian Tsz Yan Leung reports on behalf of the Reading University Catholic Chaplaincy community on the recent student pilgrimage to Poland with Fr Stan Gibziński...


From 9th-14th September a group us from Reading University went on a pilgrimage to Poland, the home country of our chaplain Fr Stanisław Gibziński.  We were based at a retreat house in a suburban parish in the Archdiocese of Warsaw, where we were hosted by the parish priest Fr Grzegorz Jankowski, a great friend of Fr Stan who assisted and accompanied our trip as much as he could.  The theme of the pilgrimage was Mater Ecclesiae – Mother of the Church.  We unite ourselves to Mary’s Immaculate Heart in this moment of sorrow for the Church when there is much ongoing confusion, and ask her to keep us safe from false teachings as we sang in our theme song: Mater Ecclesiae, Regina mundi, da nobis pacem.





Creation Celebration Mass in Abingdon

Many thanks to Anne Dodd and the livesimply team at Our Lady & St Edmund Abingdon for organising a Creation Mass on Sunday 15th September as part of Our Common Home campaign. After the Mass they held sale of garden produce to raise funds for CAFOD.

During the offertory they brought up five symbols of their desire to care for God's earth.

• A globe represented a world of beauty and teeming with life, but despoiled by our greed.
• A sapling of buddleia growing in our graveyard, which has attracted butterflies and pollinating bees represents our hope for the future.
• The Live Simply banner and the record book of our parish’s endeavours as we strove to become a Live Simply parish, represents Pope Francis’s call to live wisely, think deeply and love generously in caring for our common home.
• A bag of plastic waste represents our commitment to changing our lifestyle, in order to be better stewards of the earth which God entrusts to our care.
 • The lectern banner from our youth groups is a symbol of our determination to care.


If you would like to hold a Creation Celebration Mass or take part in Our Common home campaign by signing the petition then click on here, or if you are interested in becoming a livesimply parish click here. It would be great to have more livesimply parishes in the Portsmouth Diocese.



Book Recommedation

When I was in Steubenville, George Weigel gave me a copy of his latest book The Irony of Modern Catholic History. How the Church Rediscovered itself and Challenged the Modern World to Reform (New York, Basic: 2019). In it, Weigel offers a revisionist interpretation of the Church’s history over the last century and a half since Pope Leo XIII, challenging the usual assumption that secular modernity has been the prime mover forcing the Church either to resist or to accommodate it. It is usually assumed that modernity is triumphing over Catholicism as a force in world history and killing off religious conviction. In fact, Weigel argues that the Catholic Church today is far more vital than she was 200 years ago. In its sometimes bruising encounter with modernity, Catholicism has rediscovered its evangelical essence and developed intellectual tools capable of rescuing the imperilled project of modernity. Indeed, through her renewal, the Church going forward has a real opportunity to redirect and redeem the modern world. I’m just over half-way through the book at the moment. What impresses me is Weigel’s masterful command of history and impressive knowledge of all the details. Bright and witty, he brings to this book the kind of scholarship and authority demonstrated in his classic biography Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II.


The Madeira Connection

The Editor writes...


When I was holiday in Madeira last month I was asked to write a piece for the newsletter for the Sunday English Mass at the Chapel of Our Lady of Penha da Franca in Funchal. Knowing the priest who has been offering the only English Mass on the island for many years fairly well, I had written to him to share the happy news of my daughter's Confirmation a few weeks before. Having written an article three years previously as a newly-ordained Deacon, he asked me to write on this celebration. Now, the editor of the newsletter has a very good system of signing visitors up to receive their newsletter via e-mail to keep in touch in between holidays. One of those is Francis Connolly KSG from Wash Common who holidays there in February with his wife and read my article and spotted that I was from the Diocese of Portsmouth. He then invited me to the Annual Mass and lunch for the Knights and Dames of the Southern Province and we finally met. All thanks to that e-Newsletter. Perhaps readers of e-News may be united in  similar ways. If so, do let us know. 



Bishop Philip's Engagements 

Wednesday 25th September
Evangelisation and Catechesis Department Meeting, London  
Thursday 26th September 
Trustees Meeting, Bishop’s House  
Friday 27th September 
Meeting with Chief Operating Officer, Bishop’s House  
Dedication of New Centre (opening and blessing), Windsor, 7pm 
Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th September 
Parish Visitation, St Swithun Wells.


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 22nd September


National Prayer Cycle: Thanksgiving for the Harvest

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Peter & the Winchester Martyrs, Winchester (consecrated 22.9.1938)


Monday 23rd September

St Pio of Pietrelcina, Religious, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Joseph, Southampton (consecrated 23.9.1911); Community of St. Elizabeth, Cookham


Tuesday 24th September

Our Lady of Walsingham, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Bishop Philip (ordained Bishop and installed 24.9.2012);

Community of Our Lady of Walsingham, Portchester [at St. Mary’s, Portchester Castle];

Walsingham Association;

Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham


Wednesday 25th September

Feria [25th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Oasis of Peace, Jersey


Thursday 26th September

Ss Cosmas & Damian, Martyrs, optional memorial

or: Feria [25th Week in Ordinary Time]

National Prayer Cycle: ‘Stella Maris’ Maritime Day

Diocesan Prayer: Society of St Vincent de Paul


Friday 27th September

St Vincent de Paul, Founder, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Vincent de Paul, Lordswood, Southampton


Saturday 28th September

St Wenceslaus, Martyr, optional memorial

or: St Laurence Ruiz & Companions, Martyrs, optional memorial

or: Our Lady on Saturday

or: Feria [25th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Patrick, Hayling Island (dedicated 28.9.1984);

Community of St Mary & St Peter, St Helier, Jersey (dedicated 28.9.1985)

HH Pope John Paul I (RIP 1978)


Sunday 29th September


Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Michael & All Angels, Leigh Park; Community of St Michael, Bembridge


Monday 30th September

St Jerome, Priest, Doctor of the Church, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Michael, Tadley; Community of St Michael, Hythe 


You can find the prayer intentions for each day of September here.


Forthcoming Events            

Friday 27th September 

National Prayer Weekend event

Sacred Heart Church, Hook

More information 


Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th September 

Southampton Celebrate Weekend

More information 


Sunday 29th September 

My Fertility Matters Project Information Evening

Corpus Christi Wokingham

More information 


October 2019

Extraordinary Mission Month


Saturday 5th October

'The future of the Church - Walking together'

Park Place Pastoral Centre

More information 


Sunday 6th October

Annual Rosary Procession in honour of Our Lady
St Saviour's Totland Bay, IoW

More information 


Saturday 12th October

Annual Conference for Spiritual Directors 

St. Bede's Church, Basingstoke

More information 


11th-21st October 

Pilgrimage to Rome & Assisi for Extraordinary Mission Month

More information 


Sunday 13th October

Canonisation of Saint John Henry Newman

St Peter's Rome

More information 


Wednesday 23rd October 

Welcome to Worship

Immaculate Conception & St Joseph Church, Christchurch.  

More information 


Friday 25th October

Thanksgiving Mass for the Canonisation of Saint John Henry Newman

Bournemouth Oratory at Sacred Heart Bournemouth, 7pm.  


Saturday 26th October 

Alton Day of Renewal

Alton School

More information 



Job Vacancies

Parish Secretary, Parish of Gosport and Bridgemary
Based at: St Mary’s Church, High Street, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 1DF
Hours of work: 35 of which 7 hours per day from Monday to Friday
Closing date: Wednesday 25th September at 1:00pm
Interview date:  Friday 27th September

For more information see our Vacancies page.




Please pray for..

Fr Bonaventure Ndong and his family.


All clergy moving to new parishes and taking on new responsibilities at this time.


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.


If you have a Parish or Diocesan event to advertise, please complete this form. Events are advertised at our discretion and we reserve the right not to advertise an event.



Keep in touch on Social Media

Don't forget you can keep in touch with what's going on in and around the diocese in between issues of e-News by following us on Social Media.


Follow Bishop Philip on Twitter.


Follow the Diocese on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


Follow Vocations Promotion on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


Follow the Diocesan Youth Team on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.



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


Bishop of Portsmouth


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