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

SUNDAY THOUGHT:
FEAST of ALL SAINTS 2nd November 2014

All Saints, All Souls & Bamenda Sunday

As we celebrate these three major events this weekend let us take a brief look at what is at the core of each event:
Hallowe’en: In pagan Celtic times the 1st November was the start of a new year, celebrated as the festival of Samhain. It was believed those who had died in the year roamed the land on their way to the otherworld, and evil spirits were on the loose. As protection the people disguised themselves and carried lights in a turnip (nowadays a pumpkin). The Church replaced Samhain with the Solemnity of All Saints (All Hallows) and hence the night of the last day in October became known as the Eve of All Hallows - shortened to Hallowe’en. The Church turned a pagan celebration into a Christian celebration. Our secular society has turned it back to an eve of partying.

All Saints Day reminds us of the wonderful celebration of the saints gathered around God in heaven, to worship and praise Him. These are saints who have been canonized by the church as well as the millions of saints of all time who have been faithful to Jesus. We gather on this feast day to thank God for these holy men and women. These saints who intercede for and help us on our journey towards God.

All Souls Day is an opportunity to remember especially the deceased of our families. At this time of year members of our clergy will visit all the cemeteries to bless the graves of our loved ones. We offer prayers to help them in their final journey – from death to their perpetual presence with God.

Every year, on the first Sunday in November, we celebrate Bamenda Sunday, which this year is the Ruby (40th) Anniversary of the twinning of the Archdiocese of Bamenda (in Cameroon, West Africa) and the Diocese of Portsmouth. Through the years many of our priests have spent time working in Bamenda. Now we have four priests from Bamenda working in our diocese. We continue to support the many parishes in the Archdiocese of Bamenda through our donations and our prayers. The Bamenda Committee is involved with building and supporting schools; health establishments and social projects. They really need our support (so please give generously to the retiring collection). This Sunday celebrates the link and growth of the fraternity, in both dioceses. There are details of the ventures in your copy of the Bamenda Newsletter or website: www.bamendaandportsmouth.com

We give of ourselves for the growth of the other, to encourage further development and evangelisation of the people in both dioceses to come and know the Lord.
Deacon Langford Vincent
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Pope Francis@Pontifex: May we help people to discover the joy of the Christian message: a message of love and mercy
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FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS: in St Mary’s Church, Gosport on Saturday 1st November from 9.30am until 1pm. Mass will be at 9.30am followed by Adoration, Rosary, Meditation, Healing Prayer and Confession. All are welcome.

FR PETER’S PRAYER GROUP:Thursday 6th November has been cancelled.

FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTIONS: in Sacred Heart Church, Fareham on Friday 7th November starting with Rosary at 9am, Mass at 9.30am and then Adoration, Meditation and Confession. All are welcome.
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Please check the extra Masses for the Feast ALL SOULS

November is the month of the Holy Souls
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ST JUDE’S SCHOOL 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Since it opened on 4th May 1965 many parishioners from Our Lady Star of the Sea, Fareham & Gosport, will have attended the school - your children and grandchildren too!
We have a dedicated Facebook page ‘St Jude’s Catholic Primary School 50th Anniversary’ with information on all planned events.
Occasions like this need to be marked in a tangible way so we are hoping to raise funds to provide a Stained Glass Window for the library, designed by the current children that will give them a memento of their own. If you have good memories of St Jude’s and would like to help - we have set up an account:-
St. Jude’s Catholic Primary School Governor’s Fund Sort: 40-52-40
A/C no:00083345 Ref: St Jude’s 50th
Alternatively cheque/cash can be sent to school All donations will be appreciated.
Many thanks, St Jude’s Governors 50th Committee
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Please take home your copy of the Portsmouth People, your free prayer card for the Year of Prayer and a copy of the Rosary CD – if there is someone living near you, who is housebound, could you deliver one to them?

The Bishop’s Pastoral Letter, “THE BLESSED MOTHER - SHARING THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL”, is available on the Portsmouth diocese website as a Video and in text version please follow this link . Some copies will be available to take home. www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

This week, Bishop Philip is encouraging us to like the diocesan Facebook page, if you haven't done so already, (Diocese of Portsmouth) and to follow the diocese on Twitter. You could invite others to do the same!
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St Mary’s Kerala Catholic Community will celebrate the end of Rosary Month with Mass in Immaculate Conception Church, Stubbington at 4pm. This will be in Malayalam and is open to everyone, as is the Agape after Mass.
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ST JUDE’S SCHOOL 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Opened on 4th May 1965, there will be a series of events arranged to mark the Golden Jubilee and parishioners will be most welcome to attend –
School Open Day 1.30pm to 6pm Tuesday 5th May 2015
Mass at St John’s Cathedral 11am Friday 22nd May 2015
Hog Roast and Dinner dance: Marquee at St Jude’s 7.30pm 22nd May 2015 (18+) (Tickets will be sold for the Hog Roast in due course).
We have a dedicated Facebook page: ‘St Jude’s Catholic Primary School 50th Anniversary’ where you can find more information about our planned events.
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Follow @BishopEgan & @PortsmouthRC on Twitter
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RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA) 2014/2015 Journey in Faith
Do you want to learn about the Catholic faith?
Is your spouse a Catholic but you aren’t?
Have you been attending Mass but never got round to being
received into the Catholic Church?
Do you feel called to become a Catholic?
If your answer to any of these questions is, ‘Yes’, then please contact the RCIA Co-ordinator, Lynne Wall: 02392 503894
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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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 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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Sign up for Portsmouth Diocese E-News
Keep up to date with what’s happening in the diocese. The diocesan e-news comes out once a week: latest events, photos, videos. www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk
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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 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.
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
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