Formation for Adults
Each Wednesday, from 7 to 8 pm, we will look at the following Sunday's Gospel and study it together, finding in it more about God, about ourselves and about the Church.
These webinar sessions are open to everyone in Portsmouth Diocese. They will also equip catechists (RCIA, Children's Liturgy of the Word...) to transmit the Faith from Sacred Scripture.
Formation 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 recognition.
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.
Structure of Readers' Workshops
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
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 Recognition
The next diocesan workshops will be happening in the following parishes:
St Michael and all Angels
Parish Hall, 437 Dunsbury Way, Leigh Park, Havant, PO9 5BD
Workshop 1: 16th November, 1pm – 4pm (arrival and registration from 12.30)
Workshop 2: 23rd November, 12.00 noon – 4pm (shared lunch at 12.00)
St Peter and the Winchester Martyrs church
Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8RY (in the parish hall) - Workshop 1: 11th January, 10 am to 1 pm (arrival from 9.30 am)
Workshop 2: 25th January, 10 am to 1 pm (arrival from 9.30 am)
St Joseph Parish
67 Purewell, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1EH – Directions
Workshop 1 and 2: 1st February, 10am – 4.30 pm
St Dominic’s Priory
Shirley Holms Road, Lymington, SO418NH - Directions
Workshop 1: 7th March, 10 am to 1 pm (arrival from 9.30 am)
Workshop 2: 14th March, 10 am to 1 pm (arrival from 9.30 am)
3 Mission Modules of guidelines on being a missionary disciple, based on Evangelii Gaudium
Module 1: The Mission of the People of God
Module 2: The Parish: Theological Foundations
Module 3: The Parish: Missionary Mandate
3 Ministry Modules for the practical care of the youth, the elderly, the sick, the vulnerable and families in the parish.
Module 4: Ministering to Families
Module 5: The Ministry of Compassion
Module 6: Ministering to Young People
Assessment of each module is through an essay – 1200-1500 words and a practical reflection. Successful completion of the course will result in a Certificate in Parish Mission and Ministry – a Level 3 award. Cost: £675
Help with funding is available from the Diocesan Living our Faith Fund.
The course begins in Autumn each year. To find out more details and to register.
The study days for this course will take place at St Edward the Confessor, Chandler’s Ford on the following dates: Saturday 27th October 2018, Saturday 9th February 2019 and Saturday 4th May 2019.
Certificate in Parish Mission and Ministry
A one-year, part-time, distance-learning course offered in partnership with Maryvale Institute and the Diocesan Diaconate Department.
This course is open to everyone involved or interested in any parish ministry. It is a course for:
- All the baptised with a desire to deepen their own faith formation
- Those already involved in parish ministries
- Members of parish groups
- Parents, who have a key role in the catechesis and ministry of their children
- Parishioners who hesitate to volunteer their services without formation
The Certificate in Parish Mission and Ministry (CPMM) course consists of six modules, to study at home and three study days held in the diocese.