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Portsmouth Diocese e-News Issue 367 (2022/19)  
Tuesday 14th June 2022
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Welcome from Bishop Philip
Dear Friends,
I am sending you this e-News from Brora in the far north of Scotland where I am spending a few days with some priest-friends - walking, visiting the sights and relaxing. The weather is not as nice as in this picture, but it hasn’t stopped us climbing Ben Bhraggie and doing a tour of Dunrobin Castle, family seat of the Earl of Sutherland. We had an enjoyable visit yesterday to the Clynelish Distillery where we were taken through the mysteries of distilling and given a wee dram to try! Meanwhile, my thanks to Deacon Craig for editing this week’s e-News. This is the time of the year when many of our young are making their First Holy Communion and receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation: let us keep them all in our prayers. Also in our prayers, let us continue to bombard heaven for an end to the war in Ukraine and for peace, reconciliation and justice. Pray too for James Lewis preparing for ordination to the priesthood and for Andrew Collins, David Bateman and Edward Hauschild, soon to be ordained deacons. Have a blessed week ahead. 
YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST
A Reflection for Corpus Christi

Next Sunday, 19th June, is the Feast of Corpus Christi. I offer here a few thoughts for us to reflect on.
 
Whoever eats me will draw life from me. Thomas Merton, the American Trappist monk and famous 20C spiritual writer, in his autobiography The Seven Story Mountain, writes at length of his search for God and eventual conversion. As a journalist in New York, he used to see people at lunchtimes going into a basement workshop, near his apartment. He decided one day to investigate and to his surprise, he discovered it was a Catholic chapel. Later, he joined the people gathered there in silent adoration of the Eucharist. It was the day WW2 was declared and a Mass began. Merton recounts how he was startled to hear the priest singing Gratias agamus Domino Deo nostro ‘Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.A world war was beginning! Yet here was the Church, just as on every day in every age, in all times good and bad, singing: ‘It is right and just; it is our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
 
Today, Corpus Christi, we thank God for the awesome Gift of the Blessed Sacrament. The Mass brings into every time and every place the key event of the Christian faith, the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, and all its fruits. Christianity is not just about remembering what took place centuries ago. In the Mass that event is re-presented so that we can live in Him and He in us. What took place then takes place now. We pass over through His death to His resurrection. Jesus gathers us, teaches us, offers Himself up for us and feeds us with His flesh and blood, the Food of Eternal Life. No wonder St. Thomas Aquinas exclaims: O precious and wonderful banquet that brings us salvation and contains all sweetness. It’s wonderful how from early on, Eucharistic Adoration developed. Exposition extends, as it were, the moment of the Elevation from Mass. It enables us to spend time with Jesus on the Altar, so that amidst our daily chores, no matter what might be going on, even the outbreak of war, we can be renewed and refreshed by a personal encounter with Him.

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Lourdes Pilgrimage – a few places left
With just over four weeks until we depart for Lourdes on our Diocesan Pilgrimage, I warmly extend my invitation to you all to join me and my fellow pilgrims in Lourdes this year.  There are still some places available and to book one of them email lourdes@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk. See poster for more information.  Otherwise, I very much look forward to meeting you at Bournemouth airport on the 18th July.
Synod Update

Our thanks to Fr. John Chandler who on our behalf joined 80 or so bishops, clergy and lay people for a meeting in Southwark Cathedral last week as part of the synodal consultation process. This National Synod Day was described by Canon Christopher Thomas, the General Secretary of the Episcopal Conference of England and Wales, as an “important moment in the journey together as we review prayerfully the draft of the national Synthesis”. The day began with prayer before the Blessed Sacrament using a prayer aid with reflections on the two icons of the Synod for a Synodal Church proposed in the Preparatory Document. Archbishop John Wilson, of Southwark, then celebrated Mass in St George’s Cathedral. These two moments of prayer set the atmosphere for the day which, as noted in Canon Thomas’s letter of introduction, “falls between the Solemnities of Ascension and Pentecost and this moment of people with their bishops is like the pre-Pentecost Church” when the Apostles and the disciples of Jesus were gathered in the Upper Room with Mary. After lunch, the afternoon gave those who had worked on the diocesan Synod submissions the chance to review and discuss together the first draft of the National Synthesis.

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Liturgical Hymns: Lauda Sion Salvatorem

For Mass on Corpus Christi, the Liturgy does one of those very rare things: it provides us with a Sequence, a piece of devotional poetry that goes after the Second Reading and before the Gospel Acclamation. This one is called Lauda Sion Salvatorem and it was written by St. Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274). It is not strictly a ‘liturgical hymn’ as such but rather a prose that is sung for devotional reasons. Aquinas wrote the Lauda Sion at the request of Urban IV around the year 1264, for the new Mass of Corpus Christi. The doctrinal content of this hymn is very rich and beautiful. It speaks of the institution of the Holy Eucharist and of the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament brought about by transubstantiation. If you’ve ever been to Lourdes, you will most certainly have sung part of this sequence, although to a different tune, as a song during the Blessed Sacrament Procession at the Grotto. The Gregorian melody is very fine, one of my favourites and it is said to have been borrowed from an 11C melody attributed to Adam of St. Victor. As with St. Thomas’s other Eucharistic hymns, the last few stanzas of the Lauda Sion are often used alone –for instance, the last two verses of the Pange lingua form the Tantum ergo used at Benediction - in this case, the Ecce panis angelorum. This latter has been often set to music down the ages by other composers.
 
Click on the picture to hear it, along with an English translation.

Confirmation – The Liturgy of the Eucharist
Every weekend, hundreds of youngsters from across the Diocese are descending on the Cathedral, the Mother Church, to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and then to be sent out on mission. Here, Fr. Anthony Fyk, our Director of Liturgical Formation, continues a series of articles about the Sacrament of Confirmation, this week reflecting on why the sacrament of Confirmation is usually conferred during a Mass.  
 
There is a fittingness that the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation takes place within the context of Mass as it stressed the intrinsic link between all the Sacraments of Initiation, which culminates with the celebration and reception of the Eucharist. The newly confirmed participating in the Eucharist completes their Christian Initiation. Always recall that there are three sacraments in Christian Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. Through all three sacraments of Christian Initiation, we are freed from the power of darkness and joined to Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. We truly participate in the Paschal Mystery. Specifically with the Eucharist, we eat the flesh and drink the blood of Christ so that we may have eternal life and show forth the unity as God’s holy people. During the celebration of the Eucharist, we prayer for a greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit, so that the whole of the human race may be brought into the unity of God’s family. Being fully initiated into Christ through the reception of these three sacraments enables us to carry out the mission of God’s people in the Church and in the world. To be missionary disciples by bringing people to Jesus Christ through his Church. The frequent reception of the Eucharist gives us the impetus to share the Gospel to the world. In the context of the Liturgy of the Eucharist with the Eucharistic Prayer, which is the greatest prayer of the Liturgy, we render thanks to God of all his blessings and a specific mention is made for those confirmed. In a special way we pray for those who have be reborn in Baptism and confirmed by the bestowing of Holy Spirit, so that they may be kept safe in God’s grace. In addition, the praying of the Lord’s Prayer takes on a deeper meaning, because it is the Spirit who prays us and in the Spirit the Christian says: ‘Abba, Father’. Finally, with the reception of the Communion, the newly confirmed have completed their Christian Initiation, which will continue to unfold during their lifetime.
The Admirable Heart of Christ
For your prayer and meditation, here is a short extract from a book “On the Admirable Heart of Jesus” by St. John Eudes (d. 1680). It appears in the Office of Readings for his feastday, 19th August, but we reproduce it here because June is the month of the Sacred Heart.
 
I ask you to consider that our Lord Jesus Christ is your true head and that you are a member of his body. He belongs to you as the head belongs to the body. All that is his is yours; breath, heart, body, soul and all his qualities. All of these you must use as if they belonged to you, so that in serving him you may give him praise, love and glory. You belong to him as a member belongs to the head. This is why he earnestly desires you serve and glorify the Father by using all our faculties as if they were his.
 
He belongs to you, but more than that, he longs to be in you, living and ruling in you, as the head lives and rules in the body. He desires that whatever is in him may live and rule in you: his breath in your breath, his heart in your heart , all the faculties of his soul in the faculties of your soul, so that these words may be fulfilled in you: Glorify God and bear him in your body, so that the life of Jesus may be made manifest in you.
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Thursday - St. Richard of Chichester (d. 1253)
This Thursday, 16th June 2022, is the (optional) Memorial of St. Richard of Chichester, “a likeable and humble man who remained as down-to-earth and accessible as a bishop as he had been on his father’s farm” (Wordsworth Dictionary of Saints). Richard was the son of a yeoman farmer, who as a boy was given more to study than the farming life. He studied at Oxford and became the lifelong friend of his tutor, St. Edmund of Abingdon. He went on to gain a doctorate in canon law at Bologna before returning in 1235 to Oxford where he was appointed Chancellor to the University. He later became Chancellor to St. Edmund when he became the Archbishop of Canterbury. Richard was a parish priest, but in 1244 was elected Bishop of Chichester. He lived a life of simplicity and was known for his accessibility to his flock, his orthodoxy and his unstinting charity to the needy. He supported the Crusades and while preaching at Dover for this cause, died on the 3rd April 1253 at the Maison Dieu, a house for poor priests. In 1276, his body was transferred to a shrine in Chichester cathedral, which then became a popular centre for pilgrimage until the Reformation. May he pray for us all. Here is a famous prayer he wrote: Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits thou hast given me, for all the pains and insults thou hast borne for me. O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother, may I know thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, and follow thee more nearly, day by day. Amen.
Next Sunday - Corpus Christi

Next Sunday, 19th June is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi - The Body and Blood of Christ. 

Since the year 1264, the Catholic Church has celebrated the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ often with a solemn procession. This celebration takes place either on the second Thursday or as in England and Wales and elsewhere the Second Sunday after Pentecost. This celebration recognizes the abiding presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Please remember in your prayers all those young people making their First Holy Communion at this time, as they receive that greatest of gifts of Jesus Himself, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Most Holy Eucharist.

You can find all Sunday's readings here and read Dr Scott Hahn's weekly reflection here.

St. Alban, the First Martyr of Britain (d. 305)

Next Monday, 20th June 2022, is the (optional) Memorial of St. Alban, the first martyr of Britain. He was a soldier and a leading citizen in the large Roman town of Verulamium, modern-day St. Albans. St. Bede says that Alban died during the period of persecution under Diocletian, but some modern scholars have suggested it may well have been much earlier, perhaps in the reign of Decius or even Septimus Severus, at the beginning of the third century. Alban gave hiding and shelter to a priest fleeing persecution and was so impressed by his faith that he was converted and baptised. When the emperor’s men came searching for the priest, Alban exchanged his clothes for his. The priest escaped and Alban was arrested in his place and commanded to sacrifice to the pagan gods. This was the acid test for Christian believers. Alban refused and was tortured and condemned to death. St. Bede tells the story that on his way to execution on Holmhurst Hill, Alban miraculously divided the river in order to afford a crossing for himself and for the vast crowd that was accompanying him. He was buried near the city and his shrine became renowned for the miracles of healing performed there. Later, King Offa founded the Benedictine abbey of St Albans on the site and the town became known by that name. His cult flourished, along with the fortunes of the abbey. May he pay for us today – that we will always be steadfast, persevering in our faith.

St. Aloysius Gonzaga, man of courage and devotion
Next Tuesday, 21st June 2022, we commemorate St. Aloysius Gonzaga, a patron saint of youth and Jesuit novices. Saint Aloysius came from a noble family in Lombardy and was born in 1568. As a young child, he developed a deep and precocious piety, with great devotion and self-discipline. At the age of 11, his father sent him to Florence to further his education. There he often had to appear at the Medici court, but was revolted by the corruption and hedonism he found himself surrounded by. In 1581 on a visit to Spain, he determined to become a Jesuit missionary, much to the disappointment of his family and in 1584 he enrolled in the Jesuit house in Rome. He was sent for studies to Milan, but there he had a vision of his approaching death and suffering from ill-health was transferred back to Rome. In 1587 he took his vows and spent much of his time and energy visiting the sick and caring for victims of the plague. In 1591, he caught the plague himself and died on the 21st June, aged just 23. He received the last rites from his friend and director St. Robert Bellarmine. Here is a prayer he wrote to the Blessed Virgin Mary: O holy Mary, my Mistress, into your blessed trust and special keeping, into the bosom of your tender mercy, this day, every day of my life and at the hour of my death, I commend my soul and my body; to you I entrust all my hopes and consolations, all my trials and miseries, my life and the end of my life, that through your most holy intercession and your merits, all my actions may be ordered and disposed according to your will and that of your Divine Son.
Thought for the Week

“I express my heartfelt hope for the flowering of a new season of greater love for sacred Scripture on the part of every member of the People of God, so that their prayerful and faith-filled reading of the Bible will, with time, deepen their personal relationship with Jesus” (Benedict XVI Verbum Domini 72). 
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Pope's Prayer Intention

Pope Francis has asked us to join him in prayer during June 2022 for Christian families around the world; that they may embody and experience unconditional love and advance in holiness in their daily lives...

The family is the place where we learn to live with one another, to live with young people and with those who are older. And by being united —young people, the elderly, adults, children—, by being united in our differences, we evangelize with our example of life. Of course, there is no such thing as a perfect family. There are always “buts.” But that doesn’t matter. We shouldn’t be afraid of mistakes; we have to learn from them so we can move forward. Let’s not forget that God is with us: in our family, in our neighbourhood, in the city where we live, He is with us. And He takes care of us. He remains with us at all times in the swaying of the boat tossed by the sea: when we argue, when we suffer, when we’re joyful, the Lord is there and accompanies us, helps us, and corrects us. Family love is a personal path of holiness for each one of us. This is why I chose it as the theme for this month’s World Meeting of Families. Let us pray for Christian families around the world; may each and every family embody and experience unconditional love and advance in holiness in their daily lives.

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New English Cardinal announced

Archbishop Arthur Roche, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and former Bishop of Leeds, will be elevated to the rank of Cardinal in a Consistory on Saturday, 27th August 2022. Pope Francis has announced the forthcoming creation of 21 cardinals from around the world. Two days after the Consistory, on 29th-30th August, the Pope will meet with all the cardinals to reflect on the new Apostolic Constitution Praedicate evangelium. The College of Cardinals currently consists of 208 Cardinals, of whom 117 are electors and 91 non-electors. As of 27th August, the number will grow to 229 Cardinals, of whom 131 will be electors. Eight of the newly named Cardinals are from Europe, six from Asia, two from Africa, one from North America, and four from Central and Latin America.

Our prayers and congratulations to Cardinal-elect Roche.

Alton Day of Renewal

Alastair Emblem invites you to join the next ADoRE Online spiritual mini-retreat morning which will take place on Saturday 25th June, 10.00-13.00 with Mass, Adoration, Reflection, Praise, Talk, Prayer and Discussion. This month's theme is: "Give us this day our daily bread” – we trust God for our needs. Our special guest speaker is John Trimming, one of the leadership team of House of the Open Door Community. Please register for the Zoom meeting in advance here. The colour poster for this month with further information can be downloaded here.

Douai Abbey Summer Programme

Fr Peter Bowe OSB shares news of Douai Abbey's summer Programme which includes these Reflection Days/Retreat: Journeying towards the End of Life, Holy Spirit in JS Bach, Lectio Divina Retreat, At Home in Bethany, Spirituality of St Bonaventure - click here for details. All welcome!. 

Amazing way to Fundraise

Jo Lewry shares how plant and bake sales are an amazing way to raise funds for CAFOD...

During May some of our fabulous parish volunteers have organised plant and bake sales. May is a great time to sell plants and seedlings and encourage people to grow their own. 

Henry Rosenvinge our parish volunteer at Our Lady of the Assumption at Lyndhurst told me about his plant sale “The theme of the event was prompted by the 2021 Harvest Fast Appeal Action on Climate Change, so instead of a large number of plants we had 3ft trees in containers for sale. People could either take the trees home or join in the arrangement for me to plant them here. Most popular were Rowan and Hornbeam. In all we sold 42 trees. The cake stall was as busy as in previous years and we raised a total of £2331.” Well done to Henry and his team. Jude and Marina, our parish volunteers at St Joseph and St Edmund’s in Southampton organised a plant and cake sale after Sunday mass and raised over £500. Many thanks to all who contributed to the sale, those who provided the cakes and plants and for all those working in the background! It was fantastic group effort, and they had a huge number of plants as you can see from the photo above. Also many thanks to Geraldine and Christine who held a plant sale at St Thomas of Canterbury church in Cowes and raised £400, and to Mel and Heike who sold plants and candles at Twyford and raised £200 for CAFOD’s Ukraine Humanitarian appeal .

So don’t forget you can fundraise for CAFOD at any time in the year so why not organise your own plant or cake sale!  There are lots of fun fundraising ideas here

Day for Life Collection

The next Second Collection is a mandatory collection in support of the Day for Life, to be taken 18th-19th June. This Collection assists the work of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre (whose new website contains a wealth of pro-life resources and information), and other life-related activities supported by the Church. Please also find attached some promotional material in support of the Collection; please likewise refer to the official Day for Life website for further information, including prayers, messages and multimedia resources.
 
The Catholic Bishops this year invite people to think again about the value and worth of older persons in families and in society, and to make practical choices to build bridges between the generations, devoting quality time, energy and creativity to caring for the older persons in our communities. The focus of the Day for Life this year is older persons. The COVID pandemic highlighted the desperate plight of many older people, especially those in care homes and those struggling with long-term chronic conditions such as dementia.
 
Supporters will be able to contribute via this online giving page from Monday, 13 June until Friday, 24 June. Thank you to our parishioners across the diocese for your support for this appeal over the course of the last year, which raised £8,755.69 across the Diocese in 2020-21!

May Procession in Maidenhead
Bel Flynn, Vision Group Committee member at St Joseph's Maidenhead shares news of a recent May Procession in the parish...

The St Joseph’s Choir sang “Immaculate Mary” as the children walked up the aisle. When the time came for the coronation they sang “Bring flowers of the rarest”, the most appropriate hymn for this moment. Thanks go to all the Choir members. Thanks also go to the Parish Vision Group who suggested and arranged the May Procession in church. They also provided the hospitality after Mass where a great array of food, some of it contributed by the many parents attending, was enjoyed.  We hope to see many more Masses where the children come to contribute their talents and begin to share ever more fully in the life of the church. (Click on the photo for a larger version showing Our Lady's beautiful flowers.)
Jubilee Celebrations in Woodley
Fr. Bill Wilson, Parish Priest at St John Bosco Parish, Woodley shares news of the parish's Platinum Jubilee celebrations...

St John Bosco Parish, Woodley, had a great afternoon celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with a jolly cream tea for parishioners and neighbours. Over 100 people attended and were served with scones and cakes baked by an army of helpers. Music was provided by one of the neighbours for free. Pictured: an enthusiastic mob of patriotic attendees, including Fr Bill on the right end.
The Call

Our thanks to Peter Clarke from Isle of Wight Catholic History Society for sharing some more poems which have featured in their newsletter. This week we feature The Call by Sr. Bede Barker OSB of St. Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde...

Through inner stillness softly came the call,
Which startled me although heard no sound.
No one was with me as I looked around
And yet a sense of presence like a pall
 
All luminous, I gazed upon this earth,
To truth, light, love, supreme reality.
This life of noisy turmoil seemed banality.
Compared with life eternal; little worth.
 
The call still presses on my heart, and pleads
“Surmount all obstacles and come!”
Obey it now I must, it draws me on,
To find fulfilment of my deepest needs.
 
A pilgrimage is life, no lasting place;
The onward road is steep, the goal is far,
The way is dark save for a guiding star;
With courage, I must seek the unknown face.
 
Yet far beyond the limit of my sight,
One stands, awaiting me with grace;
And when I reach that welcoming embrace,
The night shall be no more, but all is light.

Book Recommendation

Here is a book I can recommend: S. Weddell  Saints who transformed their World (Frederick Maryland, Word Among Us Press: 2019 [ISBN 978-1-59325-355-4]). Our  history is filled with the stories of ordinary men and women who were raised up by God for the people and needs of their times - people through whom God did extraordinary things, as they followed Jesus in the midst of his Church. In this book, Sherry Weddell presents stories of the people who said ‘yes’ to God and shared the spiritual gifts given to them by God. Be inspired by the stories of lay Saints, women and men whom God has powerfully used as channels of His beauty, mercy, wisdom, healing and provision. In these short stories, you will discover people you can relate to. Their inspirational ways of living the faith can help you to recognise your spiritual gifts, and help you to live every day as an intentional disciple.

Praying for our Seminarians
Our Seminarian to keep in your prayers this coming month is Francis Ezeani who is in his first year at Allen Hall following a year at the Sacred Heart House in Fareham. He writes...

Before I entered the seminary, I thought priestly formation would be all work and studies and prayers and dour, but I have been quite wrong. As you may be aware, Allen Hall seminary, is situated on the site owned by the renowned St. Thomas More. There is the famous mulberry tree in the seminary speculated to have been planted at the time while the saint lived on these grounds. I feel privileged to reside and receive formation in this institution with a rich history linked to St. Thomas More and the Douai martyrs. While I feel humbled walking the corridors of the seminary, adorned with paintings and plaques of these great martyrs of our faith, I often find myself hoping, however, that these are not hints of a future martyrdom.

I find the seminary community very welcoming. We were blessed with new members of staff at the start of the academic year including the rector, vice rector and pastoral director who are all very approachable and supportive. The seminary has a very diverse population of staff and seminarians of various nationalities from Africa, the Americas, Europe and Oceania. In addition, there are also a good number of religious orders who undertake some formation activities with us. I have found this diversity very edifying as I learn so much about the cultures and history of these wonderful individuals. The prayer life of the community is taken very seriously here which helps to form us into men of prayer and communion with the wider Church. Daily Masses and the Divine Office form an integral part of the communal life along with bi-weekly spiritual direction and sacrament of reconciliation which provide invaluable support on our journey to become an alter Christus.
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And finally...Where is this?

How well do you know our diocese? In this feature we share photos from around the Diocese of Portsmouth. Your challenge is to tell us where they can be found...

Last week's challenge was identify this beautiful statue of Our Lady at St Peter's Winchester. Here's a little bit about it. The 15th century statue of Our Lady of Winton was discovered by the architect of St Peter's, the late P.A. Walters in a shop in Canterbury. Whether it is English or Continental is a matter of dispute, but it is carved from a single block of oak and stands 5'6" high. It was practically intact when purchased and then carefully restored and redecorated in exact accordance with its original colouring, traces of which were still visible. It was erected at St Peter's under the title of Our Lady of Winton following the lead of one time Bishop of Winchester, William of Wykeham. 

Congratulations to John Thornhill and Fr Bruce Barnes who correctly identified it.


This week's challenge is to identify this distinctive sanctuary somewhere else in the diocese, but 'where is this?' Just e-mail your answer to Deacon Craig by Friday 17th June for a mention in the next issue. 

When you write in with your guess, why not send a photo of a feature from your own church for us to use in a future issue?

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 June here.

Please pray for...

Please pray for the Renewal of our Diocese, for Vocations and for these intentions.  

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...

There are a number of opportunities in our Diocesan schools which can be found here.

Share your Good News...

We like to share news of what's happening across the diocese and try to include a broad range of news and reflective articles, but please note:
  • The Editorial Team reserve the right not to use submitted copy.
  • Publication of submitted articles is not guaranteed. 
  • Publication of an article does not necessarily reflect the views of either the Editor nor of the Bishop.
  • The Editorial Team reserve the right to edit any articles prior to publication.
  • Due to space, articles may not be published immediately and may be held in reserve for future use.
  • If you would like us to advertise an event connected to the diocese for you, please submit the details in good time, as we may not have space to advertise it immediately.
Please e-mail all news items and forthcoming events to Deacon Craig Aburn: executiveassistant@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk by Friday 17th June for consideration for the next issue.

Please send news as plain text and images as attachments rather than embedded in a document. Thank you.
With all good wishes and an assurance of my prayers, 

In Corde Iesu

Bishop of Portsmouth
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