Welcome

Welcome to the Solent Pastoral Area
dedicated to Stella Maris - Our Lady Star of the Sea. This website contains information of interest to the wider pastoral community.

Mass Times from the individual Parishes are obtaned by checking their Newsletters - links on CHURCHES page.

There are 9 Church Communities: St Mary's, Gosport; St Columba's, Bridgemary; St John the Evangelist, Lee-on-the-Solent; Immaculate Conception, Stubbington; Sacred Heart, Fareham; St Philip Howard, Fareham; St Mary's Anglican Church, Portchester; St Margaret Mary, Park Gate; and the Chapel of St Thomas More, Park Place, Wickham.

Extending from the River Hamble, in the west, to Portsmouth Harbour, in the east, and including the Parishes of Fareham & Portchester, Gosport & Bridgemary, Lee-on-the-Solent & Stubbington, and Park Gate, this Pastoral Area belongs to the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth.

The Pastoral Area aims to work collectively, sharing talents for the good of the individual church communities and to develop the Church’s mission in the Solent area and reaching out in particular to those who are disaffected.
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE -
in the Room above the Hall at St Mary's Gosport..... For information contact, Marguerite Boulter on 01489 575663
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FORMATION FOR MISSION NEWS AND EVENTS
If you are a catechist, you’ll be interested to see Formation for Mission’s new webpage on the diocesan website: www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/formation.
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The Catholic Church in England and Wales launches Safeguarding E-learning
If you have a role working with children, young people or adults who may be vulnerable, or if you are a parent who wants to understand on-line safety, you are encouraged to read the e-learning safeguarding brochure. This explains what programmes are available via e-learning and how to access the programmes that interest you. This e-learning package is part of the Church’s commitment to safeguarding, recognising we all have a role to play in creating a safe environment. Go to: www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/safeguarding.
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NEW ST PIO SATURDAY MEETINGS
These meetings [10:00-12:00] will be held once a month after the Saturday morning Mass at the Sacred Heart Church, Fareham. They will take the form of a short film, prayers, guided Lectio Divina and refreshments. For details contact: 01329318869
Everyone is welcome.
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EVANGELISATION STRATEGY TEAM
For many of you the word 'evangelisation' may conjure up images of TV evangelists. This initiative is nothing like that.
Pope Francis has called upon all Catholics to be evangelists. Strategy teams are being set up in pastoral areas to take the Holy Father's initiative forward. We already have a small team of willing volunteers, but we need more. Ideally from each of our worshipping communities (of Fareham, Portchester, Lee, Stubbington, Gosport, Bridgemary and Park Gate)
What sort of people are we looking for? In your daily work, many of you will be doing jobs that involve: project management, analysis, marketing, HR – the things businesses need to build teams – that list is not exhaustive. These are the sort of skills we need. We are certainly not looking for ‘televangelist’ types.
In terms of time, the commitment is not heavy: Bishop Philip is asking us to meet termly – so about 3 meetings a year. So please, do come forward. You will make new friends across our area as we work together on this team.
Please speak with your Priest, to be referred, or contact me directly.
Fr John Cooke
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Keep in touch with the latest news! The Diocese of Portsmouth now issues a weekly e-news with photos, news, and information from around the Diocese.
Go to www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk
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Maryfield Convent – Catholic Residential Care Home, London Rd., Hook, Hampshire, RG27 9LA Tel: 01256 762394. Maryfield (a residential care home) provides care and comfort to members of all religious denominations. Mass is celebrated daily in the convent chapel and the sisters and staff provide continuous quality care, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. We presently have vacancies. If you would like to arrange a visit, or require further information, please call: 01256 762394
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CATHOLIC LEGACY
The charities involved in this scheme save and change lives every single day. Whether helping people who are homeless, seafarers, prisoners, children with disabilities and low income families here in the UK or providing practical survival solutions and sharing God’s love with communities around the world. Find out more via 020 7095 5367 or yourcatholiclegacy.org.uk
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