Portsmouth Diocese e-News 

Tuesday 15th October 2019 - Issue 247 (2019/37)


Dear Friends,

I’m just back from an amazing weekend in Rome where I attended the Mass of canonisation of St. John Henry Newman, celebrated by the Holy Father. There were lots of people from the UK present, including a group of pilgrims from Jersey. As you may know, Prince Charles attended the Mass and afterwards he made a private visit to the Venerable English College. There will be a diocesan Mass of Thanksgiving at Sacred Heart Bournemouth on Friday week (see below). Meanwhile, I’m now back in Portsmouth and today we have the annual Jubilarians' Mass, offered for all our clergy who this year are celebrating a significant anniversary of ordination. Please thank God for them and pray for them. There are, as you can see from e-News, a lot of things going on at the moment in the Diocese and thanks to Deacon Craig, our editor, for assembling everything for us. Hope to see you on Sunday for the special Mission Mass here in the Cathedral at 2 pm. God bless you these next days!


Newman's Canonisation

The canonisation of St. John Henry Newman was a fantastic and truly memorable occasion this last weekend. I was so happy to be there for it. There were lots of people from America and from Great Britain present, as well as people from our Diocese, including a group from Jersey. The Mass itself was very solemn and beautiful and included the chanting of the Gospel in both Latin and Greek. Newman was canonised alongside four female religious. The formula the Holy Father used, said in Latin, was as follows: For the honour of the Blessed Trinity, the exaltation of the Catholic Faith and the increase of the Christian life, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ and of the holy apostles Peter and Paul, and of our own, after due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of many of our brother Bishops, we declare and define Blessed John Henry Newman … to be saints and we enroll them among the Saints, decreeing that they are to be venerated as such by the whole Church. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The choir then sang Alleluia and we all joined in with singing the Gloria of the Mass. May St. John Henry Newman pray for us.


I am going to celebrate a diocesan Mass of Thanksgiving in Sacred Heart Bournemouth on Friday 25th October at 7.00 pm. Everyone from the Diocese is invited. I hope you can join us for what will surely be a joyous occasion.



Invitation to a special Mass this Sunday

Don’t forget that this month is the Extraordinary Month of Mission (EMM) that Pope Francis has called. Please remember to offer the Rosary each day throughout this Extraordinary Mission Month for the Church’s mission both at home and abroad. I invite you to join me for a special World Mission Sunday Mass on Sunday 20th October at 2.00pm in the Cathedral. Fr. Innaiah Maddineni is the main contact for this and Missio Director for our Diocese. You can contact him for further information, ideas and suggestions on 023 9237 6151 or by email: imaddineni@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk


To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV's Apostolic Letter Maximum IlludPope Francis announced the Extraordinary Missionary Month and chose as its theme:  ‘Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on a Mission in the World’. Awakening the awareness of the missio ad gentes, and reinvigorating the responsibility of proclaiming the Gospel with new enthusiasm, are themes that combine the pastoral concern of Pope Benedict XV in Maximum Illud with the missionary vitality expressed by Pope Francis in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium: "Missionary action is the paradigm of every work of the Church" (EG 15).  



Next Sunday's Gospel

Next Sunday is 29th Sunday of the Year and the Gospel is from Luke 18:1-8. Here we give it in the Anglicised English Standard Version (ESVUK) translation.


And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterwards he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”


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



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

Hope against hope - 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Luke 18:1-8

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus gives us the model of a widow who seeks justice relentlessly from a bad judge. In the end, her perseverance wins, and the judge, wanting to get rid of her, grants her request. This widow will not let anything come in the way of her hope, not even failure and denial. In Jesus, God has granted us already his justice and his mercy, but we receive these in hope. We are saved in hope. In our journey with God, we must emulate this tenacious widow. She did not presume to think that everything would turn out right without doing anything about it, nor did she ever despair that her action, unsuccessful in appearance, was futile and useless. This Wednesday, in the webinar, we’ll reflect on:
Faith: What is my image of God? An unjust judge or a merciful Father?

Hope: How can we keep up our hope without falling into presumption or despair?

Love: What sort of justice am I looking for in 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.     



Saints of the Diocesan Calendar - St Wilfrid

Last Saturday, 12th October, was the feast day of St Wilfrid. Although his feast day has now been added more widely in the National Calendar as an optional memorial, it is particularly kept as a Memorial in Portsmouth, Havant, Isle of Wight and Solent Pastoral Areas and in Bishop’s Waltham.


Born in Northumbria in about 633, Wilfrid was educated at Lindisfarne, then in Canterbury, Gaul and Rome. He returned to Northumbria in about 660, and became abbot of the newly-founded monastery at Ripon. In 664 he acted as spokesman for the Roman “party” at the Council of Whitby, and is famous for his speech advocating that the Roman method of calculating the date of Easter should be adopted. As a result he was appointed Bishop of Northumbria, based in York. After a series of disputes concerning, among other things, the division of the diocese, he retired to Selsey in Sussex where he was active in missionary work and founded a see. Reinstated as Bishop of Northumbria in 686, he was forced into exile again five years later. The disputes continued, and eventually Wilfrid died near Oundle in 709 and was buried at Ripon. His achievements as a missionary, founder of churches and monasteries, and as a man of remarkable persistence and decision, made him famous in his day and greatly venerated after his death. The picture shows a window in the south wall of the chancel in St Wilfrid’s chapel, Church Norton, part of the parish of Selsey in Sussex.


God of mercy, you gave our fathers the light of faith through the preaching of Saint Wilfrid. May we who glory in the Christian name show in our lives the faith we profess. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



Deacon Martin writes...

During the last 2 weeks, I have experienced both sorrow and joy. The sorrow was hearing of the death of my brother deacon Jim Baxter, of the diocese of Nottingham, who had undertaken his formation alongside me at Oscott, and who had joined us on our pre-ordination retreat at Quarr Abbey in Ju ne last year; may he rest in peace. That news of sorrow was followed by news of joy, at the birth of my daughter’s second child, my second granddaughter. This departure of a friend, and the arrival of a new child, reminded me of the psalm this coming Sunday (29th in Ordinary Time (C)), which speaks of the Lord as a constant in all aspects of our life: He will “guard your going and coming both now and for ever” (Ps 121:8).  That word “guard” is used 6 times in this short psalm of only 8 verses (perhaps because it is short, we get the whole of the psalm in the Lectionary). 

The Lord’s constant care is evident in all of Sunday’s readings:

• He is the implicit Presence in the first reading (Ex 17:8-13), when Moses bears the staff of God, to ensure Israel’s victory over the Amalekites;
• in the second reading (2 Tim 3:14-4:2), God provides the Scriptures which Timothy is advised to use to teach and guide the people;
• and in the Gospel (Lk 18:1-8), God is the One Who will see justice done for His chosen.





Jennifer Geach reflects...

There are seven deadly, or capital sins:  anger, sloth, avarice (greed), envy, gluttony, lust and pride.  These are called capital sins because from them all other sins proceed: for anger unchecked leads to hatred and malice, envy leads to spite and slander, sloth feeds into despair and self-hatred.  Pride is of course the capital sin: it was through pride that the angels fell, and by pride that we are maintained in our sins, for our pride will not brook the corrections of our loving Father. The curious thing is that these capital sins are generally still accepted as wrong.  So when people are accused of anger, envy or avarice, they will usually attempt to explain how their anger was justified, their envy is just appropriate critique of their superiors, their avarice is appropriate ‘getting ahead’ and so on.  In other words, they accept that these things are wrong, but deny that their actions fit the description. 

The great exception to this is lust: an inordinate passion or desire, especially in matters sexual.  For in this matter, people often want the rules to be changed. They do not attempt to pretend that they are not committing adultery, or engaging in fornication (though they do not often use these words!): no, their demand is that the rules be changed to accommodate their conduct.





This Friday - A Million children praying the Rosary 

Sr Veronica OP draws our attention to this annual event encouraging children around the world to pray the Rosary for unity and peace...


October is the Month of the Holy Rosary. The initial idea for this campaign was conceived in 2005 at a wayside shrine to Our Lady in Caracas, the Venezuelan capital. Coming upon a group of children spontaneously praying the Rosary there, some of the women who were present also had a profound experience of the presence of Our Blessed Lady. One of them recalled a promise made by St Padre Pio, who once said, “When a million children pray the Rosary, then the world will change.” The aim of this prayer initiative is first of all to show that the trusting prayer of children can fly like an arrow straight to the heart of God and consequently has great influence. How powerful then is the prayer of the Rosary when prayed by children for peace and unity within families, within their own nation and in the whole world! As Pope St John Paul II wrote in his Apostolic Exhortation on the Rosary, “The Rosary is by its nature a prayer for peace, since it consists in the contemplation of Christ, the Prince of Peace, the one who is “our peace”… The Rosary is also a prayer for peace because of the fruits of charity which it produces.… By its nature as an insistent choral petition in harmony with Christ’s invitation to “pray ceaselessly”, the Rosary allows us to hope that, even today, the difficult “battle” for peace can be won.” 


And so we are turning to you today with the request to help us and – wherever there are children present, in the schools, nurseries, hospitals or children‘s homes – to encourage and prepare these young people to pray the Rosary on 18 October, together with tens of thousands of other children throughout the world. Over the years since then hundreds of thousands of children have joined in with this initiative, and we have received numerous moving testimonies from all over the world. They speak not only of the joy of the children which made such a profound impression on the adult helpers present, but also of how these helpers themselves were moved by grace and have begun to give the Rosary a permanent place in their own prayer life. See the One Million Kids Praying website for more information.



Year of the Word: Workshops for Readers

To mark the Year of the Word the Diocese of Portsmouth is launching Readers’ training workshops which are available for parishes to book. The training offered consists in two workshops of three hours each, each run on a separate day, for all church readers and aspiring readers. On completion of the two workshops, the participants are awarded a diocesan recognitio. The workshops offer Liturgical and Biblical formation, as well as practical training, to ensure that the Word of God is read with clarity and conviction. The training ends with a time of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.


Workshop 1

1 hour: Introduction to the Liturgy – understanding the Liturgy of the Word

2 hours: Practical aspects of Reading with small group work – proclaiming the Word with clarity and conviction

Workshop 2

80 minutes : Understanding the Bible

50 minutes : Preparing the Sunday Readings with small group work

50 minutes : Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (30 minutes) followed by commissioning, with award of Diocesan Recognitio.


The next diocesan workshops will be happening in the following parishes:

St Michael and all Angels Parish Hall,  Leigh Park

Workshop 1: 16th November, Workshop 2: 23rd November, 

St Peter and the Winchester Martyrs 

Workshop 1: 11th January, Workshop 2: 25th January

St Joseph Parish, Christchurch

Workshop 1 and 2: 1st February

St Dominic’s Priory, Lymington

Workshop 1: 7th March, Workshop 2: 14th March


For more details, and to reserve your seat, please contact Chris Peacock.



Diocesan Pastoral Council 2019

Over the last 25 years, Mass-practice in our Diocese has declined by almost 50%. In many of our parishes now only about one in ten practice. In 2016, we conducted a study of this. It included a survey called “My Story Shared,” the results of which have just been published in the book I recommended previously (edited by Stephen Bullivant et al: Why Catholics Leave, What They Miss and How They Might Return (New York, Paulist: 2019 [ISBN 978-0-8091-5409-8]). One of my chief hopes as Bishop and Shepherd is that we will all try much more intentionally and effectively to reach out to the not-practicing in order to try and bring as many of these souls as we can into, or ‘back into’, a deeper union with Our Lord in the Sacraments and the life of His Church. I am therefore inviting members of the diocese to join me to pray about and reflect on this issue. I wish to listen to people from across the Diocese so that we can formulate a response to this situation. We also need an opportunity to listen to good ideas and practice on the ground.


Consequently, the topic of the Diocesan Pastoral Council this year is "Reaching Out to Catholics Who No Longer Regularly Practice their Faith”. The council will take place in Winchester on Saturday 26th October, beginning with Mass at 9am and ending at 1pm. As a key part of the gathering, I am inviting 30 participants from deanery, pastoral area and parish evangelisation strategy teams to join me. These spaces are on a first come, first serve basis, with no more than one person per parish, recommended by their parish priest. If you are a member of an evangelisation strategy team (or parish council focused on evangelisation)  please speak to your parish priest to receive the link or, for more details, contact evangelisationadmin@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk



Thanks from CAFOD 

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

Thank you to all our parish volunteers who spoke at Mass, gave out the envelopes and put up posters to promote the Harvest fast day last week. Special thanks to children from St Edmund Campion Primary school in Maidenhead (in photo) who spoke at Sunday Masses at St Edmund Campion Church. They were all wonderful CAFOD ambassadors who really brought to life Fabiano’s story . They talked about how life had changed for Fabiano, a 14-year-old boy from Uganda, when a solar powered water pump was installed in his village by CAFOD’s partners. Having a water pump meant that he no longer had to walk 3 miles each day to collect water and he can now spend more time studying so that he can fulfil his dream of becoming a doctor. If you would like to support the Harvest appeal you can give online


CAFOD’s parish volunteers are essential in helping to raise money to fund projects in over 40 countries from bring water to villages to helping people grow food to feed their families. CAFOD’s work is focussed on long term sustainable development which enables people to lift themselves out of poverty. However not all churches in Portsmouth Diocese have a team of CAFOD parish volunteers. We particularly need people in Portsmouth, Southampton, Bordon and Hampshire Down areas so please do contact me if you would like to help on 01252 329385 or portsmouth@cafod.org.uk



One World Week - 20th-27th October

Climate Changes everything now is the time to act! We are aware that human activity is changing the climate of our planet and damaging the natural systems which sustain populations: plants, animals and humans. But are we aware of how rapidly and relentlessly these changes are happening? What are the impacts? What can we do about it?


What’s OWW about? It’s an opportunity to put on, and take part in, local events about global issues. Local community and religious groups, campaigners, schools, universities, youth and environment groups aim to build links and celebrate living in a shared world. We offer inspiration and hope to encourage people to act to build a just, more equal, inclusive and peaceful world that safeguards environmental resources for future generations.

When? One World Week 2019 is 20-27 October and includes UN Day on 24th October but you can organise events whenever it suits you around the annual theme. All year round you can share news/stories on social media.

What? Think about shared meals, inspiring talks, films, games and activities, quizzes, fairs, exhibitions, debates, poetry, songs, walks, acts of worship, inter-cultural activity, school assemblies and projects. Share perspectives, have fun — it’s up to you.

How? Visit www.oneworldweek.org and find new resources for this year’s theme, tips for organising events, suggestions for working across faiths, publicity and worship materials, ideas for actions throughout the year, linked with our supporter groups

Get involved: Register on the website for the OWW eNewsletter for updates on events and new resources. Be sure to submit your events for the website calendar and map. When you organise events, don’t forget that OWW is an awareness-raising charity which needs funds!



Running for Refugees

Colette Gilhooley from Fareham parish will be running the Great South Run in Portsmouth  on 20th October to help raise funds for the Refugee Matters project and is asking for your support...


Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth is trying to raise £5,000 to work with the UK govenment 'Community Sponsorship' programme in order to bring a family out of a refugee camp and settle in the UK. The UK government has committed to relocate 20,000 families from refugee camps to the UK. 'Refugee Matters' is a community based project working with the 'Community Sponsorship' programme to try to provide a family home in the Fareham area. The Home Office requires that sponsoring organisations raise £9000 to provide support for the family when they arrive in the UK. We are around 1/2 way towards our target and are embarking on a range of fundraising activities to hit our target from cake sales to sponsored walks, Charity dinners to appeals for donations. Any help you provide will be used directly to bring a family out of the poverty and misery of a refugee camp and give them a chance for a new life. You can sponsor Colette here.


Youth Sunday 2019

Saturday 23rd November, 10-5, St Joseph's Havant, Age 14-17, £5

Join us for a day exploring Christus Vivit! Back in April, Pope Francis issued a landmark post-synodal document exploring youth, faith and vocational discernment. The focus of the day will be breaking down the principles of the document and working out how its conclusions can help us impact our parishes with passionate young faith and creativity. The day will feature a series of short workshops, testimony, games, food, music and prayer; Led by the Diocesan Youth Mission Team. Accompanying catechists, parents and leaders will also benefit from sessions, with content useful for their parish and family roles. Includes lunch.


Sunday 24th November, 2-7, Cathedral Discovery Centre, Age 18-35, £5

Our annual students and young adults event is back! This year we’re shifting to an afternoon session with more inspiring talks, testimony on missionary discipleship, St John Henry Newman, and a workshop on “Tools for Vocational Discernment”. Finishes with the Cathedral’s Sunday evening Mass. All professions within the age bracket are welcome to attend. Includes afternoon tea.


E-mail Tom Sellars, youth@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk to book. Group bookings available subject to space and demand.



Visitation of Corpus Christi Boscombe

Two weekends ago, I had the joy of undertaking a Pastoral Visitation of Corpus Christi, Boscombe, the lively Jesuit parish in Bournemouth. Corpus Christi is a splendid church, as you can see from the photo. Fr. Adrian Howell SJ is the parish priest, assisted by Deacon Gregory Cook and by many helpers, particularly Aidan the sacristan, and also by young musicians and servers. There are religious sisters too, the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart, involved in the life of the parish; they live opposite the church. The parish is fortunate to have its own primary school next door, and across the road, St. Thomas Garnets Independent School. Many children were in evidence at the Masses: the Saturday Vigil at 6 pm, Sunday morning at 9.30 am (the ‘busiest’ Mass) and a Sunday evening Mass at 5 pm. After the Saturday evening Mass, I met with a cross selection of parishioners, to hear how things were going and to discuss the future, especially the work of mission and evangelisation. I asked people where they thought the parish would be in ten years’ time and it was encouraging to hear what people hoped for. After the 9.30 Mass on Sunday, the parish hall was full of parishioners and after meeting everyone, I then met with a small group of mainly teenage parishioners to talk about faith today. Fr. Adrian, Deacon Gregory and I joined the Jesuit community for lunch in the Jesuit Residence, where it was good to spend time with the superior, Fr. Hugh Duffy and also with Fr. Norman Tanner, the eminent theologian and Church historian. At 3 pm, we came back to church for a beautiful time of prayer for vocations, before going over for tea with the Sisters. I then came back to say the evening Mass at 5. It was a full weekend, but uplifting. Thanks to everyone for their support, for their comments and suggestions and above all for their prayers.



News from Southampton University Chaplaincy

Sr Valentina Stilo FMVD Catholic Lay Chaplain at the University of Southampton writes...


The Catholic  Chaplaincy team, with the Catholic Society, recently celebrated the first Holy Mass of the new academic year on Campus accompanied by the freshers (more 2nd and 3rd year students will be hopefully join us next Sunday). We are extremely grateful that the Lord is giving us again the opportunity to welcome new students and to be their home away from home. Once more, Fr Jaya Praveen, the FOCUS team (Kaitlin, Katy, Jacob, Mickel and Shea), my sisters (Emiliana and Yadira) and I begin this academic year with the desire of sharing our faith with students from the UK and from all over the world. On campus, the Universal Church shows clearly her beautiful face, sign of hope in these times of fear and uncertainty. From this perspective of hope, we would very much like to ask you for prayers. Pray with us and for us for our students and for our young people: our joy and our future, a future that God holds in His loving hands. 



Isle of Wight Rosary Procession

Peter Clarke reports on this year's Rosary Procession on the Isle of Wight...
With October being the Month of the Holy Rosary, the Island’s annual Rosary Procession in honour of Our Lady took place this year at St. Saviour’s Church, Totland Bay on Rosary Sunday (6th October). It was led by three of the Island priests, Fr Emmanuel, Fr Jozef and Fr Jonathan and there were people from present from all five Island parishes. After the crowning of the Statue of Our Lady, the procession went outside and along the adjacent road whilst the rosary was recited and Immaculate Mary was sung. Back in the church, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament was given, before the Memorare was recited before the statue and the Salve Regina was sung. This year was significant as it was the 150th anniversary of the first (Post Reformation) outdoor Catholic procession being permitted on the Island. The Catholic M.P. in 1869, Sir John Simeon, persuaded the Town Commissioners of Ryde to allow a Marian procession on condition that it was silent, so the rosary was prayed quietly whilst the congregation walked around the streets outside St. Mary’s Church. As time passed this condition was relaxed. The procession stopped in the wake of Vatican II, but it has been resurrected in recent years and now takes place at a different church each year; thereby giving witness the unique place of Mary in the Incarnation and emphasising the much cherished English tradition of devotion to Our Blessed Lady.



School Mission Statements

Catherine Whatley, Headteacher at St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School in Andover reflects on the school Mission Statement: 'to pray together, work together, and always do our best, through the guidance and example of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit'...


Here at St John the Baptist Catholic Primary we are proud of our happy and friendly school in which staff, governors, children and parents work hard to provide the best possible start to school life for all in the SJB family. Gospel Values and Catholic Social Teaching form the roots of our school—nourishing and supporting each individual on their journey to finding their vocation in life.  Each one of us has been blessed with a gift and a purpose, a vocation.  St Teresa of Avila said, “Christ has no body now but yours; no hands, no feet on earth but yours.” Through our Mission Statement— 'to pray together, work together, and always do our best, through the guidance and example of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit’ - we support the children to discover their gift and ignite their passion for this world that we live in so that they are ready to become confident global citizens, ready to make a positive difference. Jesus said, “I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.” Christ’s teaching is central to the school and He is welcomed into our school family through a variety of ways. One being the Eucharist, which is at the centre of the life of the school, and is regularly, celebrated in school.  Our Learning Values of  aspiration, curiosity, compassion, independence,  resilience, respect and open-mindedness are the golden thread which runs through all we do to support the children in their journey to becoming confident young people who are engaged in the world around them. 


New images at St Joseph's Primary Academy

Roisin Biggs, RE Co-ordinator at St Joseph's Primary Academy in Aldershot writes...


St. Joseph’s Primary school in Aldershot has recently revamped its St. Mary’s Hall to tie in with the rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary.  The school had looked at the various titles of Our Lady and each year group focused on creating one picture to tie in with one of her many titles.  The centre piece was a picture of Our Lady, Mother of the Church which children also helped to create.  St Joseph’s staff Mrs Lawrence and Mrs Underdown guided the children on their fantastic creations.  The titles the children chose were Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Star of the Sea, Undoer of Knots, Queen of Angels, Mystical Rose and the Immaculate Conception.   All the titles were taken from the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Parish Priest, Fr Anthony Glaysher kindly blessed the pictures after a Welcome Mass for new parents that was held at the school last week.



The Story behind the Song

Julia Courtney, a parishioner from St Patrick's Sandown, IoW writes...


Here at St Patrick's, hymns are a regular aspect of Sunday Mass. We are fortunate in having both an expert organist and a small but gifted group of singers with guitarist. On the rare occasions when neither option is available, the rest of us do the best we can, in my case with more enthusiasm than talent. In common with many Catholic parishes, we use the Celebration Hymnal for Everyone, which also has the Order of Mass at the beginning. Noticeably, many of the hymns we sing are the same stalwarts I recall from morning assemblies at a County Grammar School many years ago, and as such they are representative of the Victorian boom in hymn composition and performance. While there are earlier examples, such as the wonderful eighteenth century hymns composed by Charles Wesley ( brother of John and author of ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’) and specifically Catholic offerings by Frederick Faber, St John Henry Newman and others, plus some modern compositions from Kevin Mayhew, the main resources date from the nineteenth century Anglican revival known as the Oxford Movement. Led by Newman in his Anglican days, John Keble and  E.B. Pusey, the Movement aimed to restore reverence, beauty and music to the Church of England. Often written by educated clergy, these hymns contain rich seams of scriptural knowledge, church teaching, doctrine and theology: although as a wise priest remarked to me recently, not always good theology.





From Lourdes to Canada 

Louis Hollowell, an 18 year-old parishioner from Guernsey, is undertaking a mission with NET, the Canadian National Evangelisation Team, which he has been inspired to join following the recent Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes...

Louis says: "I am a keen runner and I love cooking for my family. My family means the world to me, I am leaving behind a huge supportive family including the most loving Parents and Grandparents on this planet, two great brothers and a little sister and not forgetting my dog, Pip. A recent pilgrimage in July to Lourdes, France led me to apply to volunteer with NET." NET's (National Evangelisation Team) Mission is to Challenge young Catholics to love Christ and Embrace the Life of the Church by proclaiming the Gospel of Christ through a personal witness of faith, inviting young people to live for Christ, forming young people in Christian character through the study and practice of our faith and equipping youth workers and young adults with the ministry skills needed for evangelisation. Louis adds: "I have never been this far away from home before and I am not sure what to expect, but I am going to give it everything I got and pray that Jesus will use me for the glory of God. Please join me on my mission; I need your prayers and if you would like to find out more about my mission with NET, please see here."


Bishop Philip's Engagements 

Tuesday 15th October 
Jubilarians’ Mass and Lunch, St John’s Cathedral;
Dedication of Stained Glass Window, St Francis Church, Ascot  
Thursday 17th October
Bishop’s Council, Bishop’s House  
Friday 18th October
Mass with blessing of new altar and cross, English Martyrs Church, Reading
Sunday 20th October
Extraordinary Mission Month Mass, St John's Cathedral, 2:00pm
Meeting with Neo-catechumenal family  
Tuesday 22nd October 
Mass to induct Fr Bruce Barnes as Dean of Guernsey, 7:30pm 


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 13th October


National Prayer Cycle: Prisoners and their families and all in the Prison Service
(Prisoners’ Week Oct 13-19)

Diocesan Prayer: Community of Our Lady & St Wilfrid, Ventnor
(former church consecrated 13.10.1872, reconsecrated 24.5.1972)


Monday 14th October

St Callistus I, Pope, Martyr, optional memorial

or: Feria [28th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Prison Chaplains in the Diocese


Tuesday 15th October

St Teresa of Avila, Foundress, Doctor of the Church, memorial 

Diocesan Prayer: Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites


Wednesday 16th October

St Hedwig, Religious, optional memorial

or: St Margaret Mary Alacoque, Religious, optional memorial

or: Feria [28th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: Parish of St Margaret Mary, Park Gate (dedicated 16.10.2016)


Thursday 17th October

St Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, Martyr, memorial

Diocesan Prayer: Hospital Chaplains in the Diocese


Friday 18th October

ST LUKE, Evangelist, feast

Diocesan Prayer: All Doctors, Surgeons, Nurses & Healthcare staff;
Community of St Luke, Theale


Saturday 19th October

Ss John de Brébeuf, Isaac Jogues & Companions, Religious, Martyrs, optional memorial

or: St Paul of the Cross, Founder, optional memorial

or: Our Lady on Saturday

or: Feria [28th Week in Ordinary Time]

Diocesan Prayer: All engaged in medical research; Community of St Philip Howard, Fareham


Sunday 20th October


National Prayer Cycle: Pontifical Mission Societies

Diocesan Prayer: All artists, architects, craftsmen and designers working for the Church


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


Forthcoming Events            

October 2019

Extraordinary Mission Month


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.. 

The Mission of the Church both at home and abroad during this Extraordinary Month of Mission.


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


The evangelisation of our country and its culture.


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.



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


Bishop of Portsmouth


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