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 ‘The Lord takes delight in his people’ (Psalm 149:4)

Sunday 30 December 2018 at 4 p.m: Special Christmas Afternoon Tea for Grandparents on the Feast of the Holy Family More here

 

PAST EVENTS

January 2019

 

St Joseph’s Catholic Grandparents - Southampton  

On the 17th of January, on the Feast of St Antony of Egypt, 5 grandparents gathered to pray a decade of the rosary. Grandparenting in  2019, was the subject of discussion. Chattering  about the impact of technology on modern day family life and the joys  of grandparenting , happened over tea, coffee and Spanish chocolates. Holy Mass followed our meeting. Father Jaya reminded us that the gospel of Jesus would not make headlines in the national papers. We were all strengthened by Father’s homily, to seek Jesus, like St Antony of Egypt,  in the hidden places.  St Joseph’s grandparents meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Mass after the grandparents’  meeting , followed by home-made soup (Hunger Lunch-Cafod), in the hall. Please contact Helen at hthomas@portmsouthdiocese.org.uk for more information.

 

St Johns Cathedral Grandparents – Portsmouth

Father Ansel  welcomed the St John's Cathedral Grandparents  at Holy Mass today 16th of January 2019. The group met for the second time, immediately after the midday mass celebrated by Fr Ansel. Read more

 


 

December 2018

The Catholic Grandparents - Holy Family, Southampton
On the 30th of December, the Feast of the Holy Family, 16 people ventured beyond their Christmas festivities to celebrate the Holy Family - with a focus on grandparents in Southampton. In our sister Diocese in Bamenda, their focus was a celebration of Humanae Vitae. Read more

 

Theology of the Body

The Marriage and Family Life Office was invited to meet and talk with students from University of Portsmouth Cathsoc on a subject relevant to living our catholic faith. After much prayer and some deliberation, we choose to speak on St John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

 

Cathsoc Portsmouth had led the liturgy at Sunday evening mass and finished with “Zion, Holy Mountain Holy City” which rocked the Cathedral, and all at Mass, as they played and sung joyfully proclaiming their faith. They sauntered into the hall obviously full of the Spirit and encouraged by Fr Phil’s homily. We were a group of about 18 students, with a visiting seminarian and their chaplain, Fr Phil Carroll.

 

 

The presentation begun by highlighting the links between love and sex, often bandied about in contemporary music. The lyrics of Marvin Gaye’s, ‘Sexual healing’, Davido’s ‘IF’ and ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis, were referenced.  We hinted at the contrast of this type of love with the biblical definition of Love in Corinthians 13.  Uncovering the teaching of St John Paul’s Original Man, Historical man and Eschatological man was intriguing and exciting as these young catholic adults engaged with the subject matter and took it all in.

 

The beautiful Eucharistic prayer Father Phil had just prayed, which is proclaimed at every mass was mentioned to remind us that indeed ‘by the mingling of the water and the wine, may we come to share in the Divinity of Christ, who humbled Himself for our humanity’.  In our lives, this includes our sexuality, God invites us to share in His Divinity.   The fact that the world we live in is saturated with sexual language and behaviour, can undermine the great gift of our sexuality, but we are called to be counter cultural and radical in our living.  Sex is often presented as an activity, yet it is a language of love which requires a total gift of self and is reserved for a married couple. The sacrament of confession was named as an excellent opportunity for ‘historical man’ to be redeemed and walk to claim ‘eschatological man’

 

More questions came up in the car park and in some regard, I felt like an ‘agony aunt’ and hopefully offered some useful tips.

 

‘Thought provoking and a nice relaxed, open environment to talk about what a lot of people would consider ‘sensitive’ topic.’

 

‘A wonderful and insightful talk’

 

‘super interesting and thought-provoking. Legit, I loved everything about her talk.’

 

‘We stayed in the car park after for ages talking. It was something everyone could relate too, both with laughter and tears.’ 

 

‘A very honest and interesting topic, that everyone had to be aware of! I enjoyed it.’

 

The feedback above is what we received from our Catholic Students. We wish the students a holy Advent and a peaceful Christmas.

 


 

November 2019
Deacon Andrew Carter  [Nicola Carter and Aba Shields] and others spoke to over 30 people about  the Catholic Grandparents Association, Natural Family Planning, and being Mentors  for  engaged couples in our Diocesan "Smart Loving" marriage preparation course . 

 

Matt & Esther shared their testimony of living an NFP lifestyle. It was both admirable, courageous and generous. 

 

 

The event was advertised in 4 parishes and the evaluation reports captured the mood and the ambience - ‘lovely day, very uplifting, this should have been advertised more widely, met lots of interesting people, almost all participants said ‘the young couple’s testimony on living an NFP lifestyle  was just amazing’. 

 

Marriage
 
Marriage Enrichment
 
Talks and adresses
 
Marriage Enrichment
 

 

Our Diocesan training for NFP Teachers  is in January 2019 over 6 weekends. For all the above, contact mandfl@portsmouthdiocese.org.

 

See website for full report.

 


  

Saturday October 6th - A Celebration of Family Life on the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae. Further information

 

 

Demystifying Natural Family Planning Day: Saturday 11th November

 

 

 

 

 

 


Marriage enrichment introduction 2nd September 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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