Portsmouth Diocese e-News Issue 283 (2020/27)
Tuesday 7th July 2020
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Welcome from Bishop Philip
Dear Friends,
It was a great weekend last weekend. It was the weekend when a number of our parishes reopened for Mass and the Sacraments, thanks to our clergy and all the volunteers who assisted with the process. On Saturday in Oxford, we had the ordination of the Dominican Brother Joseph Bailham to the diaconate (read the homily below), and then on Sunday, here at the Cathedral, our own ordinations: Matthew King to the priesthood and Anthony Fyk to the diaconate (see below for the homily I preached). This is a great blessing to our Diocese: please pray for them over these next weeks as they “settle in.” So, we have begun the month of July, which is dedicated to the Precious Blood, and the Holy Father has given us for this month a special intention for our prayers. We also have a new Papal Nuncio to remember in our intentions too. Meanwhile, I hope you are able to get some relaxation over these longer summer days. May St. John Plessington pray for us and God bless you this next week.

Last Sunday (5th July 2020) at 2 pm in the Cathedral, keeping within the various health and safety protocols, I ordained Rev. Matthew King to the priesthood and Anthony Fyk as a deacon. At the same time, Ambrose Chou and Edward Hauschild were instituted to the ministry of lector and acolyte respectively. Later, during Evening Prayer, Paul Nwune and James Lewis were accepted as candidates and three new students, Tom Hiney, Francis Ezeani and Yipeng John Ni, received a special blessing as they begin their formation. Here is the homily I preached at the Mass:
I will praise your name for ever, O God my King. This day, as the Psalm acclaims, is a day of great joy, as the Lord bestows upon our Diocese a new priest, Fr. Matthew King. We’re sorry your parents cannot be here but it’s great to have with us your brother Nathan. It’s also a great joy that today the Lord grants us a new deacon, Anthony Fyk. I know your parents and brother are watching over the internet and we send them our greetings. Both of you come from afar, South Africa and Canada, but now you have a home as members of our Diocesan family. For both of you it’s been a long and winding journey, but now what God planned from all eternity comes to fruition...


Ordination of Brother Joseph Bailham OP

Last Saturday, 4th July I went to Blackfriars, Oxford for the ordination of Brother Joseph Bailham OP. It was a very happy occasion and a joy afterwards to spend time with the community. Here is the homily I preached.
In a few moments’ time, Shaun, Brother Joseph will make a gesture full of symbolic meaning, one that’s powerful, dramatic and moving, even to those of little faith. He will lie prostrate on the floor before the altar. It’s a gesture expressing earnest prayer as we invoke the intercession of the saints. It’s a gesture expressing vulnerability as he offers himself in service. But more, it’s a gesture that captures perfectly his total self-giving and consecration in celibacy to the Person of Jesus Christ. It’s very moving to see a young person giving away their life to God. No one would undertake such a self-oblation without much soul-searching. It’s awesome to discern God’s grace and providence gently at work in someone’s life... 

Pope’s Prayer Intention for July 2020

The Pope's prayer intention for July is that “families be loved, respected, guided.” Last week, Pope Francis released a video message accompanying his prayer intention: click on the photo to watch it. Pope Francis asks everyone to pray that today’s families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance.

It has become the custom of Pope Francis to release a video message detailing his prayer intention for each month. His text is as follows: The family ought to be protected. It faces many dangers: the fast pace of life, stress… Sometimes, parents forget to play with their children. The Church needs to encourage families and stay at their side, helping them to discover ways that allow them to overcome all of these difficulties. Let us pray that today’s families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance, and especially, that they may be protected by the State.

The Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network of the Apostolate has developed "The Pope Video" initiative to assist in the worldwide dissemination of monthly intentions of the Holy Father in relation to the challenges facing humanity.
A New Nuncio

Last Friday, Pope Francis appointed a new Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, until now Apostolic Nuncio in the Ukraine. As papal ambassador, Archbishop Gugerotti will represent the Holy See to government authorities and play a crucial role in the selection of bishops. Archbishop Gugerotti was born in Verona, Italy, in 1955 and ordained a priest of the Diocese of Verona in 1982. He studied Eastern Languages and Sacred Liturgy and was a professor of Patristics and Eastern Liturgy at the Institute of Ecumenical Studies in Verona from 1981 to 1985. In 1985, he was appointed as an official, working at the Congregation for the Eastern Churches. He became its Undersecretary in 1997. He has also taught at the Pontifical Oriental Institute. On 7 December 2001, Pope St John Paul II appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to Georgia and to Armenia. He was also subsequently appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Azerbaijan on 13 December. He received his episcopal consecration by Pope St John Paul on 6 January 2002 appointing him to the Titular See of Ravello. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to Belarus in 2011 and Pope Francis appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine in 2015. His Excellency will arrive at the Nunciature in Wimbledon as soon as is practicable at this moment in time. Please pray for him and for the Holy Father.

The Month of the Precious Blood

July is traditionally the month dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus. Until 1969, when it was combined with the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Feast of the Most Precious Blood was celebrated on 1st July to begin the month devoted to this dedication. Why not pray the beautiful Litany of the Precious Blood each day for the rest of this month?

Next Sunday's Gospel

Next Sunday is 15th Sunday of the Year and the Gospel is Matthew 13:1-23. You can read Scott Hahn's reflection on the Sunday reading here.

Join us for the Wednesday Webinar 

In this Sunday's Gospel Jesus gives his listeners a parable to illustrate the importance of having a heart open and receptive to faith. Why not find out more by joining this week's Wednesday Webinar...?

Can a seed grow on rocky ground? Faith flourishes in a willing heart just as seeds grow abundantly in good soil. The parable of the sower not only sets out the conditions for true discipleship, but also serves as the gateway to Jesus’ teaching on the meaning and the purpose of the parables – a teaching which makes use of Old Testament prophecy to demonstrate that, throughout the history of Israel, humanity’s stubbornness and indifference has never put them beyond the reach of God’s loving providence...

The Forty Martyrs: St John Plessington

Dr Dudley Plunkett, former Senior Tutor at the Maryvale Institute and parishioner of the Immaculate Conception, Southampton believes that we need the merits and prayers of our martyrs for the revival of the faith in our country. It was this idea that inspired his recent book, The Noble Martyr: a spiritual Biography of St Philip Howard. Here he offers us the latest instalment in his monthly series offering a brief biography of one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales ahead of their feast-day...

Ordained under the assumed name of Scarisbrick in 1662 in Spain, St John (feast-day 12th July) ministered in Wales, at the Holywell shrine of St Frideswide, and then in the Wirral, where he pretended to be tutor to a family of children. Following the fabrication of the Titus Oates plot, he was arrested in 1679 as one of more than 25 innocent Catholics who were accused of treason and executed...

Thought for the Week
If you have ever stuck your neck out and tried to lead something or do something new, you know what opposition is. People come against you. ‘One of the most serious temptations which stifles boldness and zeal is a defeatism which turns us into querulous and disillusioned pessimists, sourpusses. Nobody can go off to battle unless he is fully convinced of victory’. (Pope Francis) 
Alton Day of Renewal goes online

Alton Day of Renewal is a monthly meeting of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal formed in 1975 and is now one of the longest continually running Charismatic Days of Renewal in Britain. Alastair Emblem, Core Group Leader shares news of the group's 45th anniversary year and how they are meeting online during the pandemic...

Alton Day of Renewal (ADoRE) may be celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, but it's keeping up with the times. Since lockdown prevented them from meeting in person, they have been presenting their monthly mini-retreat of spiritual renewal on Zoom...

Exclusive Scholarship Offer

Maryvale Institute is delighted to announce a scholarship opportunity open to all applying to join the Ecclesiastical Bachelor of Divinity (BDiv) course at Maryvale for academic year 2020-2021. Rev. Dr. Michael Cullinan (Course Director) invites applications, along with a short piece of writing on a relevant topic, to be eligible for consideration. The winning assignments will entitle the applicant to 1/2 of their First Year course fees paid by the scholarship...

Catenians' Corner...

The Catenian Association is an international body of Catholic laymen who meet at least once a month in local units called Circles, to enjoy each other's company and thereby strengthen their family life and faith through friendship. It is open to practising Catholic laymen from the age of 21 years. Vince Kelly from Portsmouth Catenians shares news of what has been happening in the Portsmouth Circle.

Portsmouth Catenians will continue hold meetings on Zoom for the time being. It has proved highly successful recently. There are usually two monthly meetings. Firstly, the Council, a small group consisting of those members with posts of specific responsibility, which meets at the beginning of the month...

CAFOD's 10,000 Steps Challenge

Jo Lewry writes about the fantastic start to our 10,000 steps challenge to walk 100 miles the length of Portsmouth Diocese and to raise money for CAFOD’s Cornavirus appeal .

On Wednesday 24th June Geraldine, Sue and Christine some of our parish volunteers in the Isle of Wight  completed their 10,000 steps, and over the weekend ( 27th & 28th June) Laura (pictured) from St Edmund Campion parish in Maidenhead,  and Maureen from Corpus Christi parish in Bournemouth did their 10,000 steps. Also, Monica from St Luke’s Theale did 20,000 steps so we have covered 70,000 steps = 28 miles only 72 miles to go! Please support us by donating to our JustGiving page here as we hope to raise £2000...!

Growing and Developing Your Marriage

Deacon Tony and Pam Darroch share these thoughts from Clive & Kathy Jones, Coordinators of Retrouvaille England and Wales of how the current crisis may be an opportunity to grow and develop your marriage...

"It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." Deuteronomy 31:8

The consequences of what we have all lived through these past months, has been for many, a roller coaster. Lows are predominant now as many marriages are struggling, frayed by the relentless cycle of managing work, schooling children, toddlers, more cooking, in addition to increased housework. Add exhaustion, money worries and lack of usual support from family and it can feel overwhelming...


Bible Challenge - Acts of the Apostles

Judith Aylmer from our Diocesan Year of the Bible team last week offered us another fun bible challenge, this time based on the Acts of the Apostles. If you haven't taken the quiz yet, you can find it here in last week's issue. For those who have already had a go at Judith's challenge, you can find the answers here.

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... 

Gradually our churches are reopening for both private prayer and public celebrations of Mass. Great news: although unfortunately for lovers of hymns, singing continues to be banned. So we are still singing along at home, or even in the garden…
Psalm 100 (Psalm 99 in the Vulgate Bible) is perhaps a hymn about hymns: and versions of it have formed part of Jewish and Christian worship ever since Old Testament times. In the Douay-Rheims (Catholic) Bible the Psalm is quite short...

Book Recommendation

Fr. David Bellusci, a Canadian Dominican, has produced a new book on Blessed Pier Giorgio called Pier Giorgio Frassati: Truth, Love and Sacrifice (ISBN: 978-1-7252-5095-6). Fr. David is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Catholic Pacific College in Langley, British Columbia and lives in the Dominican community in Vancouver. His ten chapters explore Pier Giorgio’s family background, his sacramental life, studies, culture and travels, friendships and spirituality as well as his social outlook, his loves and his view of heaven. He also fills in many of the background details about the characters that the Blessed knew in his life. It’s a great contribution and Bellusci draws on the many letters to family and friends that Pier Giorgio wrote and which give a real insight into his soul. Fr. David is well-placed to do this, as fluent in both Italian and English, he is familiar with the many Italian sources that have not yet been translated. It’s a fine book and I highly recommend it.

Another Book Recommendation

Aba Shields, Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Officer, recommends a new book called "The Warning", a collection of stories to help us to examine our conscience, and seriously consider our actions and lifestyle...

The Warning by Christine Watkins (ISBN: 978-1947701090) describes an unprecedented event in human history. Everyone’s conscience will be illuminated. Voices of heavy weight Catholics (St Pope Pius IX, St Paul VI, St Faustina) endorse this. A consequence includes increase in faith from confession and repentance. Promises of healing and an era of peace, will follow...

Praying for our Seminarians

Our Seminarian who we are asked to keep in our prayers this month is Ryan Hawkes. Ryan is from the Holy Ghost Parish, Basingstoke; and also has links to Holy Family Parish, Millbrook.
Ryan says: 'I can’t remember the first time the thought of becoming a priest occurred to me but what I do know is that, with varying degrees of prominence, it has been on my mind and my heart ever since.  I took the first opportunity possible to more seriously explore a vocation to the priesthood with a trusted priest and the Vocations Director after my eighteenth birthday. Whilst preparing for my A-levels, I met with Bishop Philip and applied to become a seminarian for the Diocese of Portsmouth...

Farewell Fr. Jaya!

Sadly, we must bid farewell to Fr. Jaya Praveen! Fr. Jaya is a priest of the Diocese of Guntur, which is in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, 40 miles north of the Bay of Bengal on the Eastern Coastal Plains. Since 2017, he has been working with us here in the Diocese of Portsmouth, a long way from home. He was at one time attached to St. Peter’s Winchester, and latterly he has been an assistant priest at St. Joseph and St. Edmund’s Southampton in the city centre, and also the priest-chaplain to Southampton University. Bishop Ch Bhagyaiah wishes him to return for a new ministry and mission back in Guntur and so over the summer, Fr. Jaya will be returning home. On all our behalf I wish to thank Fr. Jaya for all his good work here in the Diocese, his priestly example and prayers. We will miss him. Safe journey! Let’s promise Fr. Jaya our prayers and best wishes.

Fr. Anthony Meredith SJ, R.I.P. 

Please pray for the repose of the soul of the Jesuit priest, Fr. Anthony Meredith who latterly was a member of the Jesuit community at Corpus Christi Bournemouth. He died on 25th June, aged 84 years. Fr. Anthony was born in Harrow on the Hill in 1936 and attended the Cardinal Vaughan School. He entered the Society of Jesus as a novice in 1954. After studying at Heythrop and Oxford and after a spell teaching at Stonyhurst, he was ordained in 1968. He returned to Oxford to begin work on a doctorate under the early church scholar and historian Dr. J.N.D. Kelly. He spent most of his life teaching theology at Oxford and Heythrop College, London. His area of expertise was Patristics. In 1995, he published The Cappadocians and in 1999, Gregory of Nyssa. In 2000, he published a collection of sermons called Faith and Fidelity and in 2012 Faith and Philosophy in the Early Church. Later, he was for many years on the parish staff at Farm Street church, London. He came to Boscombe in 2014. Please pray for his repose - may he rest in peace.

From the Archives
This week we feature Bishop Anthony Emery, sixth Bishop of Portsmouth from 1976-1988. 

Anthony Joseph Emery was born on 17th May 1918  in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. He was enlisted in the military in 1940 and was released from service in 1945.He subsequently entered Campion House College in Osterley before major studies and formation at St Mary's College Oscott where he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Birmingham on 30th May 1953...

And finally...Who is this?

We continue to feature some of the clergy of our Diocese of Portsmouth for you to try an identify. This week we test your powers of observation with this picture of a Portsmouth cleric from an unusual angle - but who is this prostrated at prayer at his ordination? Just e-mail your answer to Deacon Craig by Friday for a mention. 

Last week's mystery cleric seen during his ordination to the Sacred Priesthood was Fr Rob Stewart, currently assisting in the Catholic Chaplaincy at Queen Alexandra (QA) Hospital in Portsmouth. Congratulations to Maria Delany-White, Vickie Chandler,  Fr Johnpromise Umeozuru, David White, Canon Gerard Flynn, Peter Hiscock, Monica Lyons, Jenny Carroll, Wendy O’Brien, Sarah Little, Yvonne Priaulx, Jenny Taylor, Helen Shepherd and Bishop Philip who correctly identified him.

Please remember to send in any photos of clergy from years gone by or challenging angles from your own collection to feature in a future issue!. 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.

Prayer for Renewal...

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:
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, we beg you
to change us, to convert us and to make us holy.
Fill us with a deeper faith, hope and love for you.
Send into our hearts the cleansing fire of the Holy Spirit and
powerfully renew all the clergy, religious and laity of our Diocese.
Unite us in love and respect for one another
and unify us as your one, holy people.
Grant us a new passion and zeal for the Catholic Faith,
for mission, outreach and service.
Help us to proclaim your Gospel generously to the poor and needy
that many more souls may be saved
by finding their way to you in your Church.
May Mary Immaculate help us.
May St Edmund of Abingdon and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
pray for us. Amen.
Holy Michael the Archangel defend us in the day of battle.
Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray.
And do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God,
thrust down to hell Satan and all the wicked spirits,
who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

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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With all good wishes and an assurance of my prayers, 

In Corde Iesu

 Bishop of Portsmouth
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