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Portsmouth Diocese e-News Issue 286 (2020/30)
Tuesday 4th August 2020
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Welcome from Bishop Philip
Dear Friends,
Welcome to this week’s e-News sent out today Tuesday 4th August, the feast day of the Curé d’Ars. This is my 36th anniversary of ordination as a priest: I’d be very grateful if you could say a prayer for me today. Someone asked me recently about the arrangement of the e-News and the order in which we present the items. So, to explain. Usually, after the headline items (this week: the new clergy appointments, a reminder about face coverings and the blessing of the Big Top) we cover prayer and the Sacred Liturgy. This week this is the homily from last Sunday, a meditation on the feast of the Transfiguration that falls on Thursday, the custom of dedicating August to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scott Hahn’s commentary the Gospel reading for next Sunday and an invitation to a webinar based on it, and the Sunday liturgies for families resourced by CASO. We then move into the news and magazine sections. The news and magazine section begins with the Thought for the Week. You can read too about two new courses on offer, the upcoming ADoRe anniversary Mass, a video from the young people who took part in the 2018 Synod, and the new House of Discernment in Fareham. We try to include what’s happening in parishes and schools, such as this week in Jersey and in Abingdon, as well as features relating to outreach, social justice and service:  this time, Aba Shields on racism, the great work of Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth and of CAFOD, and a special focus at the moment on the Season of Creation. We also run occasional articles such as the Hymn of the Month and Jennifer Geach on the witness of the saints. After news and magazine, e-News then moves on to news about people, such as the items this week on Fr. Paul Lyons and on our seminarian Jack Ryan – plus “Who is this?” The final section of e-News is a bit like the ‘classified section’ of a newspaper: our current Prayer Intentions and any job opportunities available within the Diocese. All in all, as you can see: it’s another bumper edition this week.  No wonder our Editor is having some well-deserved down-time these next two weeks.  So see you next time on 26th August. Until then, may God bless and protect you with His love. 

 

New Clergy Appointments

This is the time of the year when as the Bishop I have to plan the deployment of clergy. Today then we announce the following new appointments effective this autumn. I would like to express immense gratitude to the priests who are moving for all their hard work for the Lord in their current placements, and to thank them for agreeing to take on these new assignments. It is deeply moving to receive the humble obedience and joyful willingness of these priests. Moving from one appointment to another is about the hardest thing we do as priests. It is also a great challenge for our Deacons and for all our parishioners. I pray earnestly that the Lord, Who, I am convinced, has been guiding this whole process, will grant us all the strengthening and refreshing grace we need. The announcements here are now more or less complete. Many of the appointments become effective on 8th September, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but the exact changeover dates will vary depending on the schedules of both incoming and outgoing priests.
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Face Coverings in Church

Please note that from 8th August, the government asks us to wear face-coverings in church. This of course is now obligatory in shops, on public transport and in other social settings. Until now, our diocesan guidance has encouraged the wearing of face coverings if it has not been possible to maintain a two-metre distance. However, the latest government advice now makes this compulsory. The Prime Minister said that the wearing of face coverings has become compulsory in “indoor settings where you’re likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet” including cinemas, museums and galleries. “We now recommend face coverings are worn in these settings, and this will become enforceable in law from 8th August.” In response, let us work to make our churches truly safe. If it means wearing a face mask, then that is surely a small price to pay in return for meeting our Lord and Master Jesus Christ and receiving His grace in the holy sacraments.

Bishop blesses the Big Top

Yesterday, I was invited by Martin Burton, the Founder and Director of the Newbury-based Zippo’s Circus, to bless the Big Top for the new season at Southsea. Here is what I said.
 
I wasn’t sure where you’d ask me to stand. I was hoping it wouldn’t be among the knife-throwers or the clowns I’m glad it wasn’t in the middle of the Globe of Death! But Martin, I thank you and all of you for inviting me today to bless the Circus here in Southsea, now reopened, and to wish you a great season ahead. Our Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth is no stranger to Zippo’s. Our area covers Berkshire as well as Hampshire, so it includes Newbury, your home base. So as your bishop, I’m delighted to meet you today and to be here...

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Bishop’s Homily for Eighteenth Sunday of the Year

Here is the homily I preached last Sunday, the Eighteenth Sunday of the Year, at the 12 noon Mass in the Cathedral. In it, I refer to St. John Vianney (pictured) whose feastday falls today.
 
When I was first ordained, the Bishop sent me to St. Anthony’s, a parish near Manchester Airport, and from time to time we were on call to the massive Wythenshawe hospital nearby. As a new priest, one of the things that amazed me was to see the power of Christ in the sacraments. I remember being called out late one night to a man critically ill, whose family, gathered at the bedside, were in tears, really upset, crying aloud. The ward staff were finding it a difficult situation to handle. Yet, after going in and speaking the Word of God, saying the prayers of the Church and administering the Holy Eucharist, a deep sense of trust and hope descended. All was calm again. Indeed, as often happens with prayer and the sacraments, the man eventually recovered and went home...

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The Transfiguration

This Thursday, 6th August, is the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. What does this Feastday mean for us today? Bishop Philip offers a few thoughts.
 
Jesus took with Him Peter  and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone (Matthew 17:1). One of the things in Portsmouth I sometimes like doing with visitors is taking them up the Spinnaker Tower. I don’t make them stand on the see-thru glass floor if they don’t want to, but from the top there’s an awesome view over the harbour, the Isle of Wight, the south coast. Great heights, glimpsing waves on the seashore or a beautiful panorama, can easily inspire a sense of detachment, wonder and awe, the transcendent. As you contemplate the view, you ask: Who created all this? Who am I? Where’s my life going? The Feast of the Transfiguration is about the Transcendent, the Mystery of God...

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Why Mary Immaculate in August?

Originally the month of August had a special feast of the Virgin Mary that was in response to World War II and Fatima. In the Catholic Church there grew over time specific “devotions” that were assigned to each month of the year. The month of June became associated with the Sacred Heart of Jesus because the feast of the Sacred Heart always falls within that month. August became known as a month dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, but currently it is difficult to know why this is the case. There exists no particular feast and the main celebration in August is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 15th August, this year transferred to Sunday 16th August...

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Next Sunday's Gospel

Next Sunday is 19th Sunday of the Year and the Gospel is Matthew 14:22-33. You can read Scott Hahn's reflection on the Sunday readings each week here.

Join us for the Wednesday Webinar 

In this Sunday's Gospel we hear how danger at sea becomes the setting for a display of Jesus’ divinity and an opportunity for Peter grow in trust in his Lord.Caught out at sea during rough weather, the disciples catch sight of a ghostly figure walking across the water – only to realise it is Jesus himself. Called from the safety of the boat into the deep, Peter steps out in faith only to quickly succumb to doubt and fear. By rescuing his eager yet imperfect disciple from the waves, Jesus reveals the power of his divinity and shows his disciples the importance of remaining steadfast in our faith in Him.

Read the Webinar Teasers for the rest of August here...
Sunday Liturgies for Families

Catherine Hobbs, Director for Education draws our attention to the resource from CASO (The Catholic Schools and Academies Office) offering Family Worship Ideas for Sundays...

Many families have said they have appreciated the Sunday family liturgies that have been sent out from schools each week during the time of lockdown.  The Catholic Academies and Schools Team will keep producing the family liturgies and activities based on the Sunday Gospel for you to access from our website during the holidays.  They can be found here.  Have a good summer break.

Thought for the Week
“The fundamental orientation of the Church must be outward. Of course we must maintain the flock, but when we deny an outward orientation as a Church, when we focus our resources primarily on our inner life, we become sick... A malfunctioning photocopier, jammed and overheated, is an image of parishes that are turned in on themselves. If we are not constantly intentional about maintaining a missionary posture, so many internal issues compete for our attention that we become exhausted and have nothing left for the outsider. When Christians are inward-focused rather than outward-focused our concerns and conversations become unhealthy. It is no surprise that when people on the outside of the Catholic world look in on Catholic social media, they are unlikely to find it an attractive place burdened as it is by criticism, judgement and infighting. It does not have to be that way. Changing direction means changing from an inward to an outward focus.” (Fr. J. Mallon Beyond the Parish).
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Live the life you were made for
Living in these unprecedented times it is important that we can move from being a community in lockdown to one that is alive, vibrant, and doing the work of God. As each of our communities begin to come together once again albeit socially distanced it is time to take stock of who we are, our relationship with God and others so that we can build stronger relationships in the future and are better equipped to do the work of God. To help members of our Diocese move forward to embrace the reality of living in a Covid-19 world I am introducing you to Chris Stefanick, Chris is an internationally acclaimed speaker who goes around the world inviting people into a dynamic, life changing encounter with God through Jesus in His Catholic Church...
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Grow in your Faith this summer

The Diocesan Formation for Mission (FFM) team is offering a series of online talks and videos this July and August to help bring you closer to Jesus Christ. Whether you're a catechist wanting to develop your ministry or a faithful Catholic looking to learn more, they are here to help...

We need to talk about Jesus
No matter who we are (whether we are priests, deacons, religious or lay people), and no matter where we live in the world, we are called to bear witness to Christ and to give an answer to those who seek an account of that hope of eternal life which is in us (cf. Lumen Gentium 10). A witness is someone who attests to facts from personal knowledge, so we are going to look at what it means to witness to our faith and how we can speak about Jesus during our free live webinar called 'We need to talk about Jesus' which will take place on Monday 10th August at 7.00pm. Please come and join us and tell your friends! Click here to register. To find out more click on the image above for a short promotional video.

Bishop to celebrate ADoRe Anniversary Mass

ADoRE leader Alastair Emblem says “We are celebrating above all the work of the Holy Spirit, who has brought us thousands of people over the last 45 years to experience a re-igniting of their faith. We warmly invite anyone who is curious about charismatic renewal to give the meeting a try. We are delighted to be following the Pope’s invitation to bring this special grace of the Holy Spirit to everyone – and it’s even more convenient when you can simply join in by computer!”

On Saturday 22nd August Bishop Philip will celebrate the 45th anniversary of Alton Day of Renewal (ADoRE) with a special live-stream Mass from St John's Cathedral in Portsmouth. The Day of Renewal is part of the move of the Holy Spirit known as Catholic Charismatic Renewal, which has been referred to by Pope Francis as "a current of grace for the whole church." ADoRE was started in 1975 by Fr Brian Coogan (who is now living in retirement in the Isle of Wight, having been a priest for 73 years!) and is one of the longest continually running monthly renewal meetings in the country. The live-stream Mass, followed by Adoration, is at 10.00am and can be followed by anyone here

From 11.00am the celebrations continue on Zoom, where registered participants can enjoy praise and worship, shared prophecies, and an inspiring talk on the Holy Spirit from internationally acclaimed renewal leader, speaker and author Charles Whitehead KSG, who worked closely with Pope Saint John Paul II. There will also be an opportunity to receive prayer for a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit. Please register in advance here

Synod Fruits

I received an email from a group of young adults who, through various initiatives, have been striving to live out the call of Pope Francis to become missionary disciples. One of their recent projects, Synod Fruits, seeks to share the fruits of the 2018 Synod of Bishops on young people, faith and vocational discernment. One of the defining elements of the 2018 Synod was that a younger generation were given a platform where they could speak about their faith, their worries and concerns and their hopes for the future. These interventions had a profound effect on the Synod Fathers, as noted by the Bishops who represented England and Wales. In an attempt to recreate some of the spirit of the Synod they have produced a video in which some of those in young adulthood share their hopes and desires for the Church as we emerge from COVID into a post lockdown world. Those in the video are from across the dioceses of England and Wales. They’d love it if you had the time to watch it - it’s only 3 minutes! Click on the picture to watch it. They wanted to share these messages to let us all know that young adults are here to support the Church in authentically living out the Gospel in the world. They added: “Thank you for all that you do to enable us all to become more like missionary disciples.”

New House of Discernment in Fareham

From this September, two of our new seminarians will undertake a year of spiritual preparation for admission to the major seminary in a new programme that has been established at Sacred Heart House in Fareham. The seminarians will be joined by a young man discerning his vocation at this time. The Church expects this first (‘propaedeutic’) stage of formation “to provide a solid basis for the spiritual life, including acquiring an initial and overall familiarity with Christian doctrine by studying and by developing the dynamic of self-giving through experiences in the parish setting and in charitable works.”  Last year, three of our seminarians spent their first months doing all this at Mater Sacerdotum, the house of formation attached to Shrewsbury Cathedral. Lockdown led to their sudden transfer to Sacred Heart, Fareham. We will be building on this experience. Canon Gerard Flynn, Vocations Director, will be the Formation Director of the new programme and Fr John Cooke, Vocations Promoter, the host parish priest. Other laity and clergy of the Diocese will be working with our Vocations Team to support the new men. Please pray for them, for all our seminarians and for an increase in vocations.  

The sky's the limit for the Dean of Jersey 

Canon Dominic Golding, the Catholic Dean of Jersey, wanted to see the top of the spire of his largest church for himself. St Thomas Church, St Helier built in 1887 is one of the diocese's largest and because of its wealth of stained glass is on Jersey often acclaimed 'la cathedrale.' It's been closed since February to enable major repairs to be carried out to the 196 ft spire. Last Tuesday Canon Dominic donned protective harness and clothing and with Steve Marshall, Site Foreman, went all the way up in a cage to see the work. Click below as he tells us more...

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It's All Happening in Abingdon

Barbara Habeyab, a parishioner at Our Lady and St Edmund in Abingdon shares news of how the parish prepared to welcome the faithful back to public Mass...

The parish of Our Lady and St Edmund in Abingdon is always ready to embrace necessary changes, and has been enthusiastically proactive in reopening the Church as soon as this became a possibility. In anticipation, volunteer ushers were recruited well beforehand and appropriately trained before the expected announcement came from the government and the diocese. The Church was thoroughly cleaned, all booklets, leaflets etc. were stored away, posters were made and stickers put on benches - and great quantities of sanitiser and cleaning materials were purchased! So we were certainly ready to throw open our doors once more, firstly for private prayer only and then for Mass...!

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Racism and “Divine Appointments”

Aba Shields, our Marriage and Family Life Worker, married to her husband David reflects on the evil of racism as a "divine appointment". Divine Appointments notice the hand of God in all circumstances...
 
One climax of human cruelty was the recent death of George Floyd, culminating in protests and clashes not only in America but on home turf. Could these incidents be “Divine appointments”, that is, an occurrence in which we can recognize the hand of God at work? Historically, racism has existed for centuries – Tulsa, Jim Crow, Rosewood and ample riots unveil the ugliness of racism. Our own colonial history corroborates this. Political, economic, social and even religious reasons underpin the sins of racism. The footprints of the Evil One, who comes to “kill, to steal and to destroy” (Jn 10:10) are blatant...

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Caritas supports the Circus

Newbury based Zippo's Circus is currently performing on Southsea Common. Caritas Portsmouth has been given some free tickets. Kevin Gallagher, Director of Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth, tells us more...

After government lockdown restrictions were imposed in mid-March, many overseas performers from the Newbury based Zippo's Circus found themselves stranded with no recourse to public funds for assistance. Through the intervention of Catherine Knight from Caritas, we were able to step in and help with emergency food provisions and also assisted to get 8 Mongolian performers to return home to their families. The good news is however that the circus is now back on the road and will be in Southsea Common from 4th to 10th August. To thank Caritas for its assistance, Martin Burton, the circus director has generously provided us with some free circus tickets. So if you know of any families who would like to attend the circus but would not be able to afford to purchase tickets please get in contact with us immediately as time is limited. Visitors will be treated to incredible acrobats and aerialists, motorcyclists riding in the Globe of Death, knife throwers, sky walking, comics and daredevil motorcyclists and so much more. The circus informs us that they have introduced a range of measures that seek to reduce the risk associated with COVID-19 in line with Government advice and the requirements of local health authorities. To apply for the free tickets, please contact Kevin Gallagher on 07388 994057 or by email.
 
Other great news is that Bishop Philip was invited to bless the big top (see above) and to pray for the success of the circus performance.  

Refugee Matters Project

David Cockshoot Secretary to the Fareham Community Sponsorship project "Refugee Matters" (a Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth project) shares the latest news of what they have achieved and what they have planned next...

Our aim is welcome a refugee family to live in Fareham under the UK Government Community Sponsorship scheme. The government agreed to allow 20,000 refugees to come to Great Britain and for them to be welcomed as permanent residents with rights to work, benefits, schooling, hospitals – in fact everything a British Citizen expects. The scheme relies on local communities fund-raising to help with the first two years of residence, to find a suitable home and to provide a proper welcome for the family so that they can integrate into our community. So far the total who have already arrived under this scheme (mainly Syrian conflict refugees) comes to many thousands of refugees who have been welcomed across Britain...

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Could you be a CAFOD MP Correspondent?

Jo Lewry, Community Partnership Co-ordinator for CAFOD Portsmouth asks if you could consider becoming a CAFOD MP correspondent?

Your local MP is your link to Parliament. They influence decisions which affect the future of the world’s poorest people. By becoming a CAFOD MP Correspondent (MPC), you can help to ensure that the voices of many of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are heard in the corridors of power. Through letters and meetings with MPs, CAFOD supporters have already helped change government policy. We’ve helped secure tough laws to tackle climate change, and ensure the UK are world-leading in their overseas aid contribution...

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Laudato Si' Year (2)

In the run up to the celebration of the Season of Creation in September, Clare Simpson from Our Lady and St Edmund Parish, Abingdon offers the second instalment of a new series of articles to heighten our awareness of Laudato Si' Year, celebrating the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis' Encyclical on Care for the Common Home...

Whilst it has been a hard last few months, one benefit of lockdown for me was the chance to read more.  I read Laudato Si' for the first time and was blown away by what seems like God speaking directly to me.  I keep re-reading and contemplating various paragraphs and I feel they will inform all my actions and conversations for the rest of my life.   Laudato Si' shows us how to build the future world and Church - not just theory and analysis, but practical actions.  The document doesn’t look just at the environment but at economics, community living and what each of us can do in the area we live.   The document, written five years ago, actually gives us a roadmap out of the current crisis, as we can now see more clearly what is normally hidden...

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Message from Missio

Fr. Anthony Chantry, the National Director of Missio sends a message to us all.
 
The last few months have been especially tough for missionaries overseas and the Catholic communities they serve. Churches in areas of poverty and oppression have been particularly hard hit by Covid and the lockdown. The Holy Father’s Covid Emergency Appeal, coordinated by Missio, has raised over £250,000 in England & Wales and has provided immediate and effective relief to those in need in Kenya, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malawi, Ethiopia, and through the Mill Hill Missionaries in Cameroon, India, Philippines, South Sudan and Pakistan. During this difficult time for us all, we have made every effort to keep in touch with our 2,500 parish volunteers. Many have been concerned about not being able to collect and empty the Red Boxes. To help them we have put in place some alternative ways to give including through a dedicated donation page: click here. To learn more about the difference Missio is making through prayer and charity, please see our Impact Report or ring 020 7821 9755.  Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement. 

Hymn of the Month

Julia Courtney, a parishioner from St Patrick’s Church, Sandown, IoW brings us the latest instalment of her monthly feature for 2020... 

During this turbulent year we’ve heard many new terms and expressions, among them ‘taking the knee’ which is defined as a peaceful sign of respectful protest against racial violence. When we genuflect in church, perhaps we could see it as taking the knee for Jesus, himself a victim of injustice and oppression...

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Saintly Solitude

Jennifer Geach, a parishioner from Guernsey reflects on how solitary witness is found in the lives of many saints...

Jeremiah the prophet seems a lonely and divisive figure.  He called Israel and Judah to repentance from idolatry, and for this was hated and punished. His warning were regarded as seditious nonsense, which undermined the courage of the people.  His enemies secured his arrest, imprisonment, and near-murder.  His warnings came to fulfilment in the capture of Jerusalem by the Babylonians, over which Jeremiah lamented.

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Fr Paul Lyons

This autumn, another of our best-known and best-loved priests we are bidding farewell to is Fr. Paul Lyons. Having reached the canonical age, he is retiring. Fr. Paul, who originally comes from Leeds, did his training for the priesthood at St. Joseph’s College, Upholland near Liverpool and was ordained for the Diocese of Leeds by Bishop Gordon Wheeler in 1972. In 1975, he transferred to the Servants of the Paraclete for whom he worked for many years until his incardination into our Diocese of Portsmouth in 2002. He served as parish priest of Sacred Heart Bournemouth for a short time, before becoming a therapist at St. Anselm’s Institute in Kent, where he worked especially with clergy. In 2007, he became the Human Development Director at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh. Since 2012, he has served as the Parish Priest of St. Francis de Sales, Wash Common, priest in residence at St. Gregory’s Alresford, Parish Priest of St. Patrick’s Southampton and associate pastor of Immaculate Conception, Liphook. For many years, Fr. Paul has worked with the Bishop’s Office for the Support of Clergy as an invaluable part of the team under Canon Paul Townsend. I remember him too in the 1990s as a key member of our staff at St. Mary’s Oscott, before he became incardinated into this Diocese, where he was a huge help and support to students in their formation. Grateful for his service of the Lord and His Church, we wish him every grace and blessing in the years ahead, with good health and much joy. Fr. Paul is retiring within the Diocese and will continue to assist in various ways, so we look forward to seeing him often in the years ahead. 

Praying for our Seminarians

Our Seminarian to keep in your prayers this coming month is Jack Ryan who has just finished his spiritual foundation year that started at the Mater Sacerdotum in Shrewsbury but, due to the COVID lockdown, concluded in the Parish of Fareham & Portchester.  Jack is from the neighbouring Parish of St Margaret Mary, in Park Gate and from September, he will be continuing his formation at the Venerable English College, Rome. He writes...
 
"I was raised a cradle Catholic, going through the ‘normal’ sacramental formation of First Confession, First Holy Communion & Confirmation within the context of a Catholic family. This, coupled with serving the Mass, and attending Catholic schools conforms to a well-trodden path introducing a young person into Catholic life. 

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And finally...

Last week we tested your powers of observation with this classic photo of a Portsmouth Priest in his youth from a Good Friday procession. We tried to give you a helping hand to date the photo by the prices in the shop window, but we managed to out-fox you once again. Our mystery cleric was none other than Canon Simon Thomson, slightly more recognisable above; the newest member of the Cathedral Chapter, Judicial Vicar and Parish Priest of Corpus Christi Wokingham. Unfortunately nobody managed to correctly identify him.

Please remember to send in any photos of clergy from years gone by or challenging angles from your own collection - and please encourage your own clergy to offer photos of themselves so we can continue this fun feature after our summer break. Ed.

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. You can find the daily intentions for July here and for August here.

Please pray for the Renewal of the Diocese

During 2020 the Year of the Word and 2021 the Year of the Eucharist, please pray each day the following prayer for the spiritual renewal of all the members of our Diocese of Portsmouth, bishop, clergy, religious and people...

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Please pray for...

Please pray for these intentions.  

During 2020 the Year of the Word and 2021 the Year of the Eucharist, please pray each day this prayer for the spiritual renewal of all the members of our Diocese of Portsmouth, bishop, clergy, religious and people.

Click here if you have a prayer intention you would like our Diocesan Intercessory Prayer Team to pray for.
 
Click here if you have a prayer intention you would like the Sisters at the Adoremus Centre in Alderney (our Powerhouse of Prayer) to pray for.

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Job Opportunities in the Diocese

English Martyrs Parish in Reading is seeking an Evangelisation and Discipleship Development Officer. Full details can be found here. (Closing date: Wednesday 5th August.)

Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth is seeking a part-time temporary Mentoring Support for the Caritas Gosport Open Doors Project. Full details can be found here. (Closing date: Tuesday 11th August)

Diocesan schools vacancies
can be found here.

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In Corde Iesu
 

 
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