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NIGHTFEVER will next be in and around St Mary’s Church, Gosport,
on Saturday 13th September 2014 7.30pm - 10.30pm

SUNDAY THOUGHT:
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 20th JULY 2014

We live in a strange world, don't we? On one hand, in Britain, there are hundreds of babies being aborted every day and on the other hand the NHS is spending millions of pounds sterling annually to help babies to survive. In another situation the House of Lords will be debating Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill (on 18/7/14) and yet the NHS is spending millions to enable us to live longer lives.
Yes, life is a mixture of good and evil for we are imperfect people living in an imperfect world. There is much in our nation that is both good and bad. Also if we are honest, we can see that there is both good and bad in us individually and collectively. We may ask, why doesn't God simply pull up all of evils needs. Suppose God did, what would happen to each one of us!!
What are the weeds of modern society? Increasing knowledge and power over nature provides new and sinister instruments for weeding out what we do not like or want. The unborn child – the seed of life – can be snuffed out before it could take its first breath in the outside world; at the other end of life there is euthanasia of people who appear to be burden to their family or the world.

History has often proved that what was initially considered as being for ‘good’ has also been used for evil and conversely what was initially thought to be evil ultimately gave rise to attainment of good. For instance, it was only as Communism and Nazism matured that we came to know their evils.
The same principle applies in so many areas of our lives. Everything has the possibility of something wrong within it. We certainly know this is true in our church, in our nation, in our world, and, most of all, in our personal lives. There are no 'quick fixes' and easy solutions. Prayer, patience and forbearance are necessary; and to have patience and forbearance we must have faith. We have to believe in God's goodness, and in His love for all in our world that is good, to conquer evil. By relying on God, and accepting His ways, we can overcome evil in our world and in our lives.
Jesus invites us to share in his vision: in His hope and in faith that, in the end, God will bring good out of evil. Truly Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We live in a beautiful world, a world full of hope and filled with wonderful heroic people. Let us thank God for his many gifts. Right throughout life the weeding-out continues remorselessly. So the parable of the weeds is starkly simple and yet widely ignored. To the question of weeding out, Jesus' answer is categorically NO. Weeding out is God's prerogative. Life would be so much better for everybody if only we would leave it to Him rather than ignoring Him and trying to do the task by ourselves.
Deacon Langford Vincent
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DAY FOR LIFE 2014
#livelife – Protect & Cherish Life – www.dayforlife.org - 27 July 2014 - Day for Life – The day in the Church’s year dedicated to celebrating the dignity of life – will this year call upon young people in particular to protect and cherish life from conception to natural death. There will be a mandatory second collection in parishes to support Day for Life. Proceeds of the collection will go to the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and other life-related activities supported by the Church.

The PARISH ECOLOGY GROUP, in conjunction with Gosport & Fareham Friends of the Earth (GFFOE), will be showing the film ‘MORE THAN HONEY’ on Friday 25th July at 7.30pm in the Sacred Heart Hall, Fareham.
The film is about the threats that bees are facing to their survival. Friends of the Earth campaign post cards will be available.Tea, coffee & biscuits will be served and there will be a FairTrade stall. There is no charge but donations towards running costs would be appreciated.
All parishioners, friends and families will be very welcome
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YOUR 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
Pope Francis @Pontifex: Dear young people,


 Fr John Cooke is planning to lead a 12-Day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land [Travelling Sun 14th- Thurs 25th Feb 2016]
Information regarding this awesome experience can be obtained from: St Margaret Mary’s Church, Middle Rd. Park Gate, SO31 7GH (01489 572797 or email: office@stmm.org.uk)
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Did you know you could receive this Newsletter by email? Ask your local Parish Office to set this up… or use the contact form on the Parish website
(see address below).
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PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
There is a vacancy for one or possibly two people to join a pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by Fr Tom Grufferty. October 14th - 23rd, 2014 Flights: Gatwick to Tel Aviv
4 nights in Bethlehem; 5 nights in Tiberias (Sea of Galilee)
Cost £1295 (includes transport to Gatwick, flights, half-board accommodation)
Contact Fr Tom Grufferty: 02392 484520 or John Kieran: 01243 378996
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PREPARATION for PILGRIMAGE to POLAND
There will be a Meeting at 7pm on Wednesday 16th July in the Sacred Heart Hall for all pilgrims going to Poland. This will provide additional information, give you a chance to meet your fellow pilgrims and offer an opportunity to ask any questions. Additionally, notes for guidance will shortly be sent out by Tangney Tours
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SUMMER FAIR, PARK PLACE, WICKHAM 1.30 - 4pm
Sunday 20th July 2014 Refreshments - Grand Raffle – Stalls – Games – Music - A great afternoon out!
(The Fair will be held indoors if weather is inclement!)
All proceeds to support the Girls Hostel in Tanzania.
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Feeding the Homeless in Fareham
My name is Kevin Field and I attend the Fareham Churches. Some years back, with the assistance of others from Fareham and Gosport, I led two teams helping to feed the Homeless of the Parish. Due to cut backs this was stopped, however I am pleased to advise that the Project has restarted and we are helping the Homeless and lonely of our Parish with a simple lunch on a Sunday, and giving them somewhere to go for 3 hours to get warm and socialise with others. We meet every two months and provide a service well needed to support Gosport, Lee, Stubbington, Park Gate and Fareham.
I currently have a team of 6 who have been helping me over the last few months and now I need to ask for help from the whole Parish. We need to have two male members at each session and 4-6 female helpers. I am asking that we, as Catholics, support this venture and show that we care about our neighbours as our Lord would ask us to do, with no reward? That said, there is a reward… and that is the satisfaction of providing the clients with a hot meal, somewhere warm & dry to talk, and a chance to communicate with others.
Should you be interested in helping, please ring me, Kevin, on 01329 238170 for a chat.
Your Help is Needed!
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Framework for Collaboration - Formation for Mission Team
This Diocesan Team, led by Fr. David O Sullivan, is responsible for advising, training and developing catechetical resources in the Diocese.
Why is this important? We are all concerned with the transmission of our faith to the next generation, as parents, grandparents and as church members. Good catechesis does really help this process.
We have parish catechists. There are many wonderful and committed parish catechists all over the Diocese. However, they are not usually experts in catechesis and rely on published programs. In addition, there are rarely resources within the parish for monitoring of and training in the delivery of programs. The Formation for Mission Team will be able to fill this gap.
The Formation for Mission Team needs the input of parish catechists. We need 5 parish volunteers to form each of the following central teams: children’s liturgy, baptism preparation, first communion preparation, confirmation preparation, RCIA, Courses & events (30 volunteers in total). We need people who can use their experience at parish level to help and encourage others to develop excellent catechetical programs at all levels.
Time Commitment? About 6 Saturday meetings a year, with a few hours individual work in between. Some may choose to offer more time.
Welcome to the Catholic Parish
of Our Lady Star of the Sea,
Fareham & Gosport.

Extending from the River Hamble in the west to Portsmouth Harbour in the east, and including the former Parishes of Fareham & Portchester, Gosport & Bridgemary, Lee-on-the-Solent & Stubbington, and Park Gate, the Parish is part of the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth.

The Parish has 10 Church Communities: St Mary's, Gosport; St Joseph'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.
The aims of the new Parish are 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. It is still early days, but there are positive signs that the original four communities are learning how to work together more effectively. Good communication, as well as a positive attitude will be crucial to the success of this evolving process.

A message from the Chair of the PPC

The Parish of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Fareham and Gosport (which was named to reflect the area’s close association with the sea) covers the Boroughs of Fareham and Gosport. It officially came into being on 1st November 2010. Father John Humphreys was inducted as Parish Priest by the Episcopal Vicar on 7th December 2010 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Stubbington.

Following the formation of the Parish, a new structure was needed to oversee and develop a working relationship between the four 'Areas' and their Chuch-going communities. A new Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) was formed by inviting lay representatives from across the Parish to work with the members of the clergy. The role of the PPC is to advise the Parish Priest and is primarily concerned with matters spiritual, communal and social so as to help the Parish grow together as a community.
A new Parish Finance Council advises on the management, property and administration of the Parish.

At a local level there are four Pastoral Teams working with their Associate Parish Priests and dealing with day-to-day matters within each church-going community.
Michael Ricketts,
Chair of the PPC

Minutes from the latest PPC Meeting available below:

Weekly Mass Times

Details of regular Mass times and the availability of various Sacraments (as well as other useful information) is published in the Parish Contact Booklet. The latest copy can be downloaded here.
Contact Booklet
click to download