ARE YOU TOO BUSY FOR GOD? So many times when we invite people to pray, study the Bible or to do something extra for their spiritual life they are not very enthusiastic or willing. The excuse they give is that they are just too busy. They would love to but… they just don’t have time right now but…… perhaps later…….Everyone in our culture seems to want to have lots going on. Maybe we use busyness to help us know we’re valued, or maybe it’s just the by-product of too many options. It is just so hard to say ‘no’ when there are so many wonderful things to say ‘yes’ to! Whatever the case may be, if we are too busy for God, then we are too busy.Lent is upon us. It is traditionally a time when we give things up, stop doing things we like, make ‘sacrifices’ for God. I’m giving up chocolate and ‘a pint’, and limiting myself to one DVD a week during Lent. But there is more to Lent than simply ‘giving things up’. Lent is also about taking positive action to do something for God. In choosing what we are going to ‘do for Lent’, it might help if there is some purpose to it…. What positive actions that we might take…. perhaps by taking positive steps in our faith. Taking a decision to not just give something(s) up, but to take positive actions, may involve sacrifice and involve “my private time,” but it will ultimately help us grow in our relationship with God. I invite you to consider this idea more closely as your plan for Lent. Can you ‘un-busy’ your life and make time for the worship of God. Fasting is a spiritual discipline we are familiar with in the season of Lent. Why not make the ‘Fasting’ be about giving more time to the Lord – time gained by sacrificing something you enjoy. I really believe God will bless us with our deepest heart's desires, but we have to give God something to work with. Make room for God in your life - be a cheerful giver.
Fr Peter Glas
Pope Francis@Pontifex: “Lent is a good time for sacrificing. Let us deny ourselves something every day to help others. ”
CHANGE OF DATE: the HEALING MASS will be at 7PM on Friday 4th April in St Mary’s, High Street, Gosport
SIGNIFICANT WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
The Diocese’s sixth Significant Anniversaries Mass and Reception will be celebrated at 11am on Saturday 28th June 2014 in St Bede’s, Basingstoke, for those celebrating their 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th and 60+ wedding anniversaries in 2014. Bishop Philip will preside at the Mass. As attendance is by invitation, if you are celebrating one of these anniversaries, if you are celebrating one of these anniversaries, you can complete the online form ‘Significant Wedding Anniversaries Mass 2014’ on the Diocesan website: www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
or pass your details to your local Parish Office
Thinking about teaching in a Catholic school?
Oaklands Catholic School is now able to train its own teachers as a partner of the Catholic Teaching Schools Alliance. We are currently recruiting trainee secondary school teachers for September. If you are a graduate and want to teach then please get in touch. If you are currently studying for a degree and are thinking of teaching, please get in touch. If you have a son or daughter currently at university and they are thinking of teaching, please get in touch! We are particularly interested in Maths and Science graduates. We can also help if you are interested in primary school teaching. Please contact by phone: 02392248043 or email: Headteacher@oaklandscatholicschool.org
BISHOP PHILIP’S LENT CATECHESIS: First Sunday of Lent – Bishop Philip reflects on the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. Online catechesis is offered each week to help you take a spiritual pilgrimage with Christ this Lent. The video is available on www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk each Monday and will include the Gospel for the coming Sunday, followed by Bishop Philip’s catechesis. There are also accompanying discussion questions which can be downloaded. These materials can be used individually, or in small groups within the parish. For more information, see the poster.
SENSE AND NONSENSE ON ‘ASSISTED DYING’
An Assisted Dying Bill to legalise assisted suicide is currently before Parliament. There is often confusion about what ‘assisted dying’ means. Copies of a short briefing, explaining simply & clearly the issues and what the Church teaches, available from the Bishops Conference of England & Wales: www.catholicnews.org.uk/assisted-suicide-information
EWTN LENT REFLECTIONS: Bishop Philip, accompanied by priests of Portsmouth Diocese, will offer special Lent reflections on EWTN Global Catholic Television
- starting Sunday 9 March.
OAKLANDS CATHOLIC SCHOOL – Teacher of English
The Governors are seeking to appoint for September 2014 an exceptional member of staff to teach English. For further information and an information pack please telephone 023 9224 8043 or email email@example.com or visit the school website http://www.oaklands.hants.sch.uk/about-us/vacancies/
Oaklands Catholic School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful candidates will be subject to Criminal Records Bureau and other relevant employment checks. Closing date: Monday 17th March 2014.
ST JOHN’S COLLEGE POLITICS SOCIETY
Wednesday 26th March (7.30 pm): Natalie Bennett (Leader of the Green Party)
All are welcome to these meetings at St John’s College, Grove Rd South, Southsea, PO5 3QW. More details contact Dr Graham Goodlad: firstname.lastname@example.org or 2392815118
PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND July 26 - Aug 2 2014
Cost £798 for seven nights will include flights to/from Warsaw with British Airways; half-board accommodation; most excursions (including the Black Madonna and Divine Mercy shrine) and travel within Poland.
Not included: travel insurance (£29); lunches; gratuities; single room supplement (£190) and transfers to/from London Heathrow airport.
Places are going fast so, if you'd like to join the pilgrimage, please phone Yvette Harrington on 01329 832781 or email: email@example.com
When I was Sick ….. Pastoral training for community and hospital visitors
March – June 2014 at Queen Alexandra Hospital
The Chaplaincy Department of the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is running this popular course for those who want to develop skills for visiting those who are sick or have other pastoral needs, primarily in hospital (also in the community).
Open to people of all faiths.
Anyone who wants to do the course will need backing from their local faith leader, who should also be involved in providing some practical experience as part of the course. If you wish to become a hospital chaplaincy visitor this course is part of the training.
The 12wk course consists of 8 teaching sessions (each 2¼ hrs) on Wednesday afternoons and 4wks practical experience. There will be a 2wk break [Holy week and Easter week].
The cost of the course is £60 for trainee Chaplaincy Visitors or £80 if training to visit in their home community. More details/application form please contact the Chaplaincy.
Tel: 02392 286408, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org