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LATEST NEWS:

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

SUNDAY THOUGHT:
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 27th JULY 2014

How to Keep My Faith Strong in Summer ……
A summer holiday can indulge the senses, open up the world, and allow you to enjoy a good time in the quest of relaxation. Most people don’t associate holidays with a time to grow in our faith. But to be truly refreshed, both physically and spiritually, holidays should also be a time to grow closer to God and family
Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI shared this sentiment and made several suggestions about summer holidays during his own free time at Castel Gandolfo in 2012. He suggested using holidays to renew relationships with family and God, taking time off from our hectic lives to do so. “I would like to recommend that during this time of holiday, you revivify your spirits by contemplating the splendours of Creation,” he said. “…Let us remember that the divine reality is hidden in our daily lives like the seed in the soil.”
Holidays should be a break from the daily distractions. During your family break, it’s important to circle the wagons and be a family – no phones, no TV, no video games. My friend, whose five children range in age from fifteen to seven, said “It becomes so much easier to get kids off those things because there are much better things to do just getting out into nature.
Take Your Faith with You on Holiday
Take holy water to Bless your family & car before starting.
Start the trip with a prayer for safety and end with a prayer of thanksgiving.
Games and conversation are special times of sharing, when everyone is in the car together.
Pray a rosary while travelling.
Find the nearest Church where you are staying; call in and make a visit. Plan ahead where you will go to Sunday Mass and consider making time for Daily Mass… both at your destination and en route.
Have the kids take turns doing the daily Mass readings.
Bring inspirational reading such a good Catholic book you just haven’t had time to read.
Don’t leave your prayer routine at home. Allow for quiet time to spend with Jesus
When enjoying the scenery, marvel at it being part of God’s creation.
Put together a pilgrimage to visit Catholic shrines or churches.

‘I don’t have to go to church when I’m on holiday’, some say…. I don’t have to. I choose to. My faith should be my treasure, my fine pearls. I can’t begin to express how grateful I am that God spends His summer holiday with me. Have an enjoyable holiday and let the Lord bless you always.
Fr Peter Glas
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FIRST FRIDAY on 1st August from 9am – 12 noon in Sacred Heart Church, Fareham: led by Fr Marcin Wysocki. Prayer, Rosary, Mass, Adoration, Sacrament of Reconciliation. All are welcome.
NO FIRST SATURDAY in August - next will be 6th Sept
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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.
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TOUGH MUDDER
We ask for your prayers and support for Fr Paul Leonard from Leigh Park who’s undertaking the gruelling 12 mile ‘Tough Mudder’ obstacle course on behalf of CAFOD this autumn & training hard for it at the moment. Good luck Father Paul! www.justgiving.com/Paul-Leonard11
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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
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 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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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