Portsmouth Diocese e-News 

Tuesday 1st October 2019 - Issue 246 (2019/36)


Dear Friends,

Greetings and best wishes for the coming week from Bishop’s House here in Portsmouth! In the Pastoral Letter this coming weekend, I will be reminding everyone that we have now entered the month of October, a month in which by custom we are invited frequently to say the Rosary. October 2019 is also the Extraordinary Mission Month that the Holy Father has called for and everyone is invited to join me for a special celebration of Mass in the Cathedral on Sunday 20th October at 2 pm. Meanwhile, I’ll be in Douai Abbey these next days for the Clergy retreat. Please pray for us all and for Fr. Xavier Perrin, the Abbot of Quarr, who is our retreat director. I will pray for you too. God bless you.

The next issue of e-News will be published on Tuesday 15th October.


Pope Francis institutes ‘Day of the Word of God’

Yesterday, Monday 30th September, the feast of St. Jerome and the 1,599th anniversary of St Jerome’s death, Pope Francis issued a motu proprio called Aperuit Illis in which he declares the Third Sunday of the Year from now on to be the Sunday of the Word of God. He says he wants to promote within us all a closer relationship with holy Scripture and its dissemination in the world. “We need to develop a closer relationship with sacred Scripture; otherwise, our hearts will remain cold and our eyes shut, struck as we are by so many forms of blindness.” The Third Sunday usually falls around the end of January. In Aperuit Illis, Pope Francis said Catholics should keep in mind God’s teaching in the Book of Revelation: that the Lord is standing at the door and knocking. “Christ Jesus is knocking at our door in the words of sacred Scripture. If we hear his voice and open the doors of our minds and hearts, then he will enter our lives and remain ever with us,” he said. It’s up to each community how to mark the Sunday of the Word, but it is important that sacred scripture be “enthroned.” He gives some examples of how to do this, e.g. giving out Bibles to encourage daily prayer with sacred Scripture, or celebrating the Rite of Installation of Lectors that day.


In our Diocese of Portsmouth, of course, we are keeping a whole Year of the Word from this Advent. I hope to give out to everyone a copy of St. Luke’s gospel to be used for lectio divina and there will be a special Bidding Prayer at Sunday Mass.  We will soon begin a series of workshops with ongoing training and formation for Readers leading to a recognitio signed by the Bishop and the parish priest. There will also be an ecumenical event next summer in Winchester centred on The Winchester Bible. More about all of these events from our Formation for Mission team.


October - the Month of the Holy Rosary

Today we begin the month of October, a month customarily dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. 


The Rosary, with its sequence of prayers and mysteries, is a Christ-centred Gospel prayer, which we say in union with the Blessed Mother. In 2002, St. John Paul II said “The Rosary is a prayer loved by countless saints and encouraged by the Magisterium. Simple yet profound, it still remains at the dawn of this third millennium a prayer of great significance, destined to bring forth a harvest of holiness... With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of His love. Indeed, though the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer” (Rosarium Virginis Mariae 1).


As we also commence the Extraordinary Mission Month, please offer the Rosary each day for the Church’s mission both at home and abroad. You can pray the Holy Rosary along with me on the CD I distributed across the diocese a few years ago. If you didn't get a copy or want to put it on your digital device, you can download it here.



Next Sunday's Gospel

Next Sunday is 27th Sunday of the Year and the Gospel is from Luke 17:5-10. Here we give it in the Anglicised English Standard Version (ESVUK) translation.


The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea’, and it would obey you. “Will any one of you who has a servant ploughing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterwards you will eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? 10 So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’”


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



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

The work of Faith - 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Luke 17:5-10

Next Sunday’s Gospel is made up of two passages which seem completely unrelated: faith as a mustard seed and the dutiful servants. One is about increasing our faith, and the other about serving for no reward. Yet, presented as they are together by the Church, these two passages give us a full picture of faith as both a gift of God and a human decision, an act of complete trust in God manifested in human efforts, a persevering service carried out with the conviction that Jesus is Lord. In this Wednesday webinar, we’ll reflect on:

Faith: What do we understand faith to be?  

Hope: How can we carry out our service of God and others, without seeing the fruits of our efforts?

Love: What makes our faith a living faith? 


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.     



Newman’s Canonisation

I’m looking forward to being in Rome for the canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman on Sunday 13th October. Recently I’ve met a number of other people who say they are going too, so it is sure to be a big party. There is a website dedicated to the canonisation, run by the Oratorians: click here. If you cannot go to Rome, why not come and join us for our special diocesan Mass of Thanksgiving at Sacred Heart, Bournemouth on Friday 25th October at 7pm? Meanwhile, here is a Prayer to the Heart of Christ by Blessed John Henry Newman that you might say:


‘O Sacred Heart of Jesus, living and quickening source of eternal life, infinite treasure of the Divinity, and burning furnace of divine love. You are my refuge and my sanctuary, O loveable Saviour. Consume my heart with that burning fire with which Your Heart is ever inflamed. Pour down on my soul those graces which flow from Your love, and let my heart be so united with Yours, that our wills may be one; and mine in all things, be conformed to Yours. May Your divine will be equally the standard and rule of all my desires and of all my actions.’



Deacon Martin writes...

Last week, it was my mother’s birthday. Though she died 27 years ago, I regularly recall her virtues with great joy, as do my wife and my brothers and sisters-in-law.  She was a model of faith, and served her family and the Church with patience and humility. She remains an example for me of the qualities that are commended in this Sunday’s readings (27th in Ordinary Time (C)) – about how true faith is shown. For faith is not just intellectual assent to an idea, but also a relationship with God, Who is the source of all truth.  God constantly draws close to us, and faith is our response (Catechism, 142).  We believe in His word and its fulfilment, because it is His word (Catechism, 177; see also Lk 1:45).  As the Apostle Paul says, in a verse sadly missing from Sunday’s second reading from 2 Timothy chapter 1: “I know whom I have believed” (2 Tim 1:12). (Note: it’s always worth going to your Bible, to read the whole of the passages from Scripture that are included in the Sunday readings, because sometimes the Lectionary misses out certain verses – and in any case, it always helps our understanding, to know what comes immediately before and after the passage that we read at Mass.)





Jennifer Geach reflects...

There are difficulties about living in a culture which has been profoundly shaped by Christian thinking and language.   It means that some of the sayings and stories of Our Lord are so familiar that their force is blunted.  In Christian circles, people will say ‘take up your cross’; and even in secular society people will refer to the idea of something as ‘being a cross’.  However, to Christ’s original hearers, this phrase so worn into familiarity will have seemed unbelievably violent.  For one thing, many of his hearers would have seen the abomination which is a crucifixion: it was a frequent method of execution in the Roman world.  So what is a nebulous or prettified image for us, and moreover one forever altered because of Christ, would for them have been a stark reality, an egregious horror.  And what they heard therefore was ‘take up your instrument of torture: your electric chair, gas chamber, hangman’s noose.  Take up the symbol of the subjection of your people and your country to an alien rule.  Take that up every day.’ This is a really difficult idea, for it flies in the face of our natural inclinations.





This Friday is CAFOD Harvest Family Fast day

This Friday is Family Fast Day and I hope that you are able to have a simple lunch in solidarity with all those around the world who do not have enough to eat or clean water to drink. Please donate what you save to our appeal. There should be envelopes in your church or you can always donate online.


Many thanks to all those who came to one of our CAFOD meetings. There were over 100 attendees in total which is just amazing. Many thanks to the parish volunteers who organised the meetings: - Yvonne Scott and Bill Taylor at St Joseph & St Margaret Clitherow Bracknell, Tony Spiteri and Mary Huntley at St Bede’s Basingstoke, Paula Medd at St Colman’s Cosham, Richard Arthur and Donna Smith at St Edmund Campion Bournemouth and finally Geraldine Heath at St Thomas of Canterbury Cowes who not only organised the meeting but ran it as well! At one of the meetings someone asked why we had chosen a fourteen-year-old boy as the focus of the Harvest story as it is mainly women and girls who collect water for their families. Jenny Hayward- Jones (CAFOD’s Fundraising Volunteer Coordinator) told us that Mark Chamberlain (CAFOD's writer) who went to visit Uganda was so impressed by Fabiano's enthusiasm for school and his keenness to help his mum by collecting water he felt that he just had to share his story. If you would like to read more about Fabiano and his life in Uganda please click hereMany thanks for your support for the CAFOD Family fast day.



World Day of the Poor

‘The hope of the poor shall not perish for ever'. On World Day of the Poor we are called to ensure that we are both hearing and responding to the voice of the poor. Caritas Portsmouth are holding an afternoon in Winchester where parishes and groups can come together to review current projects, share experiences and encourage new ideas on Sunday 17th November. It is recommended that you speak to those involved in groups/projects already established in your parishes, so that you can come prepared with any questions or concerns you might have with starting or maintaining a project. It is also helpful to share experiences which have been fruitful, as this can be really encouraging for any groups who are a little reluctant to start a project! There is an opportunity closer to the end of the afternoon for you to network with others, so please come prepared! It doesn't need to be physical resources, verbal discussions and personal experience are just as valuable. Light refreshments will be provided over the afternoon.

1pm - Arrival and refreshments

1.30pm - Opening prayer, welcome and introduction

2pm - ‘Vincent’, a play about the work of St Vincent de Paul by ‘Staging Faith’

3.15 - Break with refreshments

3.45 - Personal Testimonies and opportunity for networking

5.30 - Closing prayer


Click on the image for a poster or here for more details and to book. 



The meaning of the Holy Mass

Fr Serafino Lanzatta tells us about a new series of podcasts available on Radio Immaculata...


In a series of catechesis featured by Radio Immaculata, Fr Serafino M. Lanzetta explains the meaning of the Holy Mass as the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross made for our Redemption. From this Sacrifice – 'sacrum facere', to make something sacred, set apart for God – we can understand also the notion of "Banquet" and derive the correct meaning of "Holy Communion”. The talks lead the listener to meditate upon the spirituality of the Holy Mass as the re-presentation of Jesus Passion and Death. The Holy Mass begins precisely when Jesus leaves the upper room, where He instituted the Holy Eucharist, and goes fourth towards his Passion, starting with the agony in the Garden. Now the mystery signified in the Holy Eucharist begins to be celebrated as Jesus suffers and it is consummated as Jesus dies for us. His Body is given up and His Blood poured out for us. It is a perennial offering because this infinite Sacrifice of love is a living one: Jesus is risen and dies no more. With his Ascension into heaven the redemptive oblation is brought up into heaven so as to become eternal. Our Mass is therefore the identical sacrifice of Golgotha made present at every liturgical celebration: our time shares in the eternity of Christ and of his salvific action. Our Lady had a special role in the offering of Calvary. Her maternal cooperation is inscribed in the same memorial of our salvation. All these talks are available as podcasts hereMore shows are available on Radio Immaculata, a web-radio apostolate by the Marian Franciscans of Gosport. 



News from Winchester Catholic History Society

Valerie Oxenham writes...


The new Season for the Winchester Catholic History Society commences on Monday 7th October. We are pleased to announce that following on from his very successful talk on Thomas Cranmer in July Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch has become the first Honorary President of the Society.  Professor MacCulloch is a highly regarded academic and historian who is head of Ecclesiastical History at St Cross College, Oxford.  He has appeared frequently on television and broadcasts regularly on Radio 4.   His programme on the History of Christianity was repeated again on BBC 4 in the Autumn of 2018 and examined the origins of Christianity and its relevance in the modern world.  It considered its four main forms, Orthodoxy, Oriental Christianity, Western Catholicism and Protestantism.


This Season’s programme is again diverse and covers such topics as the Rebuilding of the Houses of Parliament after the Great Fire of 1834 to the History of Catholic Missions.  We are pleased to welcome Mgr Mark Langham, the Catholic Chaplain to the University of Cambridge who is speaking on the Envoys of Rome at the Court of Charles 1. The former Bishop of St Albans, Dr Christopher Herbert, is coming in April to talk on Hans Holbein and the Reformation.  In October the Dean of Winchester, Catherine Ogle will be speaking on her new appointment. Details of forthcoming lectures for the next year may be found in the WCHS programme.  Our new website is under construction and will be launched at our AGM in November.



Formation for Mission Lending Library

Liza Nahajski offers some ideas for resources you can borrow from the Formation for Mission Lending Library.
The Canonisation of John Henry Newman. 
We have three copies of the Bishop Robert Barron film on John Henry Newman from his Pivotal Players series; a wonderful introduction to our new English saint during the month of his canonisation. Here is a clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbEj0XBswNU 
The Year of God who Speaks
Last week we sorted through our courses and they are all neatly on shelves ready to loan to you! We have a range of courses, on DVD and CD, that can help open up hearts and minds across our diocese to the living Word of God. They are freely available to everyone: small groups, parishes, schools and individuals*. (*Individuals can borrow CDs but not DVDs currently.)
The courses also cover most major areas of Catholic faith formation: the sacraments; bible study; the Mass; prayer; church history; the creed; theology of the body; baptism, confirmation and marriage preparation; and saints/great figures in catholic history. The collection includes a number of courses aimed specifically at children and young adults. Written and presented by established and reputable figures including Bishop Robert Baron, Scott Hahn and Jeff Cavins, these studies have broad appeal. They are already being used across the diocese in parish-wide studies, small home groups, RCIA, children's catechesis and in people's cars and kitchens. A full list of resources can be found hereTo borrow a course, for more information, or to suggest new material you would like to see added to the library please email parishstudies@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk


The Conference in Steubenville

A couple of weekends ago, I was invited to a short conference of bishops in Steubenville, Ohio. The conference was organised by the St. Paul’s Evangelisation Society (SPES) who have been working with us these last months here in the Diocese of Portsmouth, especially assisting us with our plans for mission and evangelisation. About 40 bishops attended, mostly from the US. Our gracious host was Bishop Jeffrey Monforton, the Bishop of Steubenville, who made us most welcome. We had inputs from Curtis Martin, the founder of FOCUS and author of Making Missionary Disciples, from Fr. James Mallon who spoke to us about aspects of the Divine Renovation project, and the historian and theologian, George Weigel. Each day, there was Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours and Eucharistic Adoration, plus time for prayer and reflection. We were organised into groups: I was placed with a group of bishops mainly from the mid-west. It was interesting how at the start of the conference the bishops divided roughly into those who saw evangelisation as the number one priority and those who saw it as one concern among many others. This changed as the proceedings developed. We were asked about our ‘vision” for our dioceses and where we would like our dioceses to be by 2050. One of the most outstanding presentations was from Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit who told us about his recent diocesan synod and its master-plan Unleash The Gospel. Meanwhile SPES have asked me to be on their leadership Board, so I hope for more engagements with them going forward, which, please God, will bring us many benefits in our Diocese of Portsmouth.



Pastoral Visitation of St. Swithun Wells – cont/d

This last weekend I completed the Pastoral Visitation of St. Swithun Wells parish which comprises six communities: Holy Cross, Eastleigh, Our Lady, Queen of Apostles, Bishop’s Waltham, St. Andrew’s North Baddesley, St. Edward’s Chandlers Ford, St. Joseph’s Romsey and St. Swithun Wells in Fair Oak. I started the Visitation before Easter, but because of the complexity of the parish, I had to have another go at it this last weekend! It was a delight. The parish is under the care of its parish priest, Fr. Raffaele Cossa, a Missionary of St. Charles, assisted by Fr. Luca Speziale, Fr. Marco Vignolo and Canon Alan Griffiths. (Fr. Wojciech Paszko, well remembered in Romsey and North Baddesley, has now moved to Yateley). There are four sterling deacons too: Bob Birtles, John di Meo, Paul Owen and Paul Wilson. I began the weekend saying the Vigil Mass in the lively community at Fair Oak - not to be confused with Fair Oaks, California! – a large village between Southampton and Eastleigh. I then returned the next morning for Confessions and Mass at North Baddesley (pictured) and Mass at Bishop’s Waltham. Canon Alan looks after Bishop’s Waltham with its lovely modern church and excellent facilities. He then invited the clergy to lunch in the presbytery, where we were treated to a delicious lemon polenta cake made by one of the parishioners. For me, one of the best things about a Visitation is meeting the parishioners and sharing with them their hopes and concerns. Please pray for the clergy and parishioners of St. Swithun Wells and for God’s blessing on all the new initiatives underway.



"Big Tea Party" in Fareham

On the afternoon of Friday 20th September St Philip Howard church held a “Big Tea Party” at the church hall in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  110 people from the parishes of Fareham, Stubbington and Park Gate were treated to a welcome drink, followed by an extravaganza of sandwiches, cakes and tea and coffee.  A raffle, with a myriad of prizes donated by local supermarkets, was held and donations were accepted for bags of freshly picked Bramley apples. The official guest was the Deputy Mayor of Fareham, but we were honoured when the Mayor dropped in as well.  Portsmouth News covered the event and a representative from Macmillan Cancer Support attended with promotional material and gave a short speech, recognising how such local events were a lifeline for the charity. A total of £1,241.00 was raised for the charity.  Our thanks go to Lorinda Tudugalle who organised the event, supported by her team and to the generosity of the parishoners.



School Mission Statements

Iain Rylands, Class teacher and Section 48 Co-ordinator at Springhill Catholic Primary School in Southampton reflects on the school Mission Statement...


'Together we will do our best for Jesus'

Springhill is a Catholic school where we strive to achieve excellence in all that we do as we follow the Gospel values of Jesus Christ and our mission statement reflects this, having at its core, the fact that Jesus is central to all that we do – we develop and share the talents which God has given to us in every way we can. ‘Together’ reminds us that co-operation is a key element of our school in every aspect from friendships to teams, classes and the whole school -we are one community in Jesus’ name. Finally, but no less important, is the focus that we endeavour to do the best we can in all aspects of our school life and beyond: in our work, our play and our prayer.



St George students competition success

David Walford sends good news from St George College in Southampton...


Year 10 students at St George Catholic College won a city wide competition run by Hampshire Police, the City Council and the Saints Foundation aimed at raising awareness of the risks of carrying knives.  Kitone, Jamie, Elizabeth, Euan and Somi wrote and produced a rap which was launched at the Sea City Museum in the City and is part of Southampton’s contribution to a national anti-knife crime campaign.  The video #NeverChooseKnives is available for viewing on Youtube and will be launched on Spotify shortly.  The video received high praise from the Police, City Council and many media outlets including South Today, Heart FM, Capital FM, Wave 105 and the Daily Echo.  Headteacher Mr James Habberley said that the College were extremely proud of the efforts of these students and praised the mature way that these students thought about the national issue of young people carrying knives.



And the Mural of the Story is....

News from Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville on their ‘Save the Planet’ Project...


A few years ago, a dedicated group of students transformed the Year 7 quiet zone with a beautiful mural and tiles. These same students have created another masterpiece, which was unveiled just before the end of the summer term. The team met every week after school and some lunchbreaks to plan and make their mural. The chosen theme for their latest project was ‘Save the Planet’ with a particular focus on the effect of plastic waste on marine life and our oceans. The students did lots of research into the effect of plastic pollution, which stirred up their emotions on some occasions and motivated them to ensure they completed the project. The mural will raise awareness of the issues and provide more information to pupils. They have displayed posters and facts about animals and birds that have been affected or killed because of plastic pollution. They also captured pictures and messages in plastic bottles, which are displayed nearby in a fishing net.


At the unveiling ceremony, Mr Quinn, Headteacher, took the opportunity to enquire about why this theme was chosen and what the students discovered as part of their research. The students are hoping that their beautiful mural does more than brighten up a courtyard area by the Science block and helps remind students and staff of the importance of trying to reduce the use of single use plastic and to recycle wherever possible. The Year 9 students involved are hoping that the courtyard area will be further transformed as part of STEM projects taking place in the Science department and they are already planning another mural to complete this year..........watch this space!



New Study Centre for St Anne’s Sixth Formers 

Julian Waterfield, Deputy Headteacher at St Anne's Catholic School and Sixth Form College in Southampton writes...


The Sixth Form at St Anne’s, Southampton has moved!  If you don’t know the school, it’s a pocket of tradition and witness in the centre of a busy city, within walking distance of bus and train routes.  Many years ago, we bought one of the adjoining houses and it has had various incarnations over time.  However, we are delighted to have transformed it into a wonderful work space for our Sixth Formers so that we can continue the outstanding provision beyond GCSEs for our own girls as well as lots of new faces  (boys and girls!) who join us from other schools from Southampton and beyond. St Anne’s is, of course, the only Catholic Sixth Form in the area, and families who want to come to see why the college experience is unique with us must feel more than welcome to join us on Wednesday 16th October from 6-8pm. Come with some friends and meet those you’ll be sharing the space with when you join the family. For the worried teenagers reading this, don’t worry: the Social Centre is just a few paces away from the Study Centre!



A Splendid Celebration!

Pete Hughes reports on the 60th anniversary celebrations in Tadley this past weekend...


On Sunday 29th September (Michaelmas), St Michael’s Church, Tadley, celebrated its 60th Anniversary with a Sung Mass followed by a three course Parish Lunch.


The Sacred Liturgy consisted of traditional and modern music, finely sung by the choir and music group, and The Right Reverend Dom Geoffrey Scott OSB, Abbot of Douai, spoke eloquently and with great humour about the development of the Tadley community from Douai Abbey before becoming part of the Diocese of Portsmouth. The large congregation included members of the St Oswald community at Burghfield Common, also founded by the Benedictines at Woolhampton, and recently linked to Tadley. Father Patrick Tansey, the Parish Priest of Tadley and Burghfield Common, welcomed Councillor Jo Page, Chair of Tadley Town Council, as a special guest. He thanked her for the good relationship which exists between Councillors and Churches Together Around Tadley (CTAT), and for the council's support of the forthcoming Tadley Arts Festival initiated by CTAT. The Anglican Benefice was represented by Christine and Bryan Watson, and the local Methodist, URC and Community Church clergy sent their apologies for being unable to attend because of their Sunday Services. Previous Parish Priests Anthony Pennicott and Jim Keenan concelebrated with Fr Patrick and the Abbot, assisted by Deacon Tony Darroch, recently ordained from the Parish. Other priests sent their apologies, including previous Parish priest Kevin O’Brien and Fr Chris Rutledge, the Co-ordinating Pastor of the North-West Hampshire Pastoral Area.


The celebrations continued into the late afternoon with a fine lunch attended by about 70 people. Those present were pleased to welcome Fr Chris Whelan from St Joseph’s Church, Basingstoke, and Fr Gaston theCameroonian priest recently arrived there. Fr Tansey spoke of the great links between the Archdiocese of Bamenda and the Diocese of Portsmouth, and Fr Gaston was greeted with applause. Before the cutting of the Anniversary Cake, two toasts were proposed. The first to the Parish and the second to Elizabeth, our Queen . A splendid celebration! 



Praying for our Seminarians

Our Seminarian to keep in your prayers this month is James Lewis who is in his 4th year at Allen Hall Seminary, in Chelsea. He has just completed a pastoral placement in Winchester Parish with Fr Mark Hogan. He writes...


I am now in my 4th year of seminary studies at Allen Hall Seminary, in Chelsea. Last year, I completed an extended pastoral placement at St Peters and the Winchester Parish under the guidance of Fr Mark Hogan.  This gave me the experience of seeing ‘first-hand’ for one whole year the living reality of priesthood; not how I imagined, or thought it would be in an abstract sort of way, but what it was really like, living in a presbytery (the priest’s house) and working closely with the priests and the people in the Parish. This was an invaluable year for me.  As the year progressed and I threw myself into Parish life, I was able to question, pray and discern more fully; is this way of life what God is calling me to? Could I serve as a priest for the Church in the service of others? Do my gifts and talents from the Lord lend themselves to this way of life? Could I ultimately find happiness and fulfilment and peace living out this vocation?  I think, through the grace of God, I could.




Don't forget that you can keep in touch with the work of our Vocations Team via their website and if you're considering a vocation to the sacred priesthood, why not attend the Seeker Evening on Friday 4th October. Contact Fr John Cooke for more details.



Bishop Philip's Engagements 

Monday 30th September to Friday 4th October 
Clergy Retreat, Douai Abbey
Saturday 5th October 
Primary Catholic Partnership Award Ceremony for newly qualified teachers,
Discovery Centre, Portsmouth
Sunday 6th October 
Parish Visitation: Corpus Christi Bournemouth


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 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 


Tuesday 1st October

St Teresa of the Child Jesus, Religious, Doctor of the Church, memorial 

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Sacred Heart & St Thérèse of Lisieux, Ringwood


Wednesday 2nd October

The Holy Guardian Angels, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Theresa of the Child Jesus, Totton


Thursday 3rd October

Feria [26th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: All Franciscan Sisters in the Diocese
[of St Mary of the Angels, of the Divine Motherhood, Missionaries of Mary]


Friday 4th October

St Francis of Assisi, Founder, memorial [‘Autumn Fast Day’]

National Prayer Cycle: The needy and hungry of the world

Diocesan Prayer: Community of Holy Ghost, Crowthorne (dedicated 4.10.1987);
Parish of St Francis of Assisi, Milford-on-Sea


Saturday 5th October

Our Lady on Saturday

or: Feria [26th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Community of St Bernard, Holbury (dedicated 5.10.1984)


Sunday 6th October


Diocesan Prayer: Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes & St Dominic Savio, Farnborough
(dedicated 7.10.1987)


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


Forthcoming Events            

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 


Sunday 20th October

Extraordinary Mission Month Celebration Mass 
St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth, 2pm


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  



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.


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


Bishop of Portsmouth


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