SPECIAL NOTICES - Fr John Humphreys will soon be moving from the
Parish of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Fareham & Gosport.
There will be a 'Bring and Share' Gathering,
to thank him and say good bye,
on Sunday 14th September from 11 am. All are welcome.
NIGHTFEVER will next be in and around St Mary’s Church, Gosport,
on Saturday 13th September 2014 7.30pm - 10.30pm

The Triumph of the Cross 14th Sept 2014

The Sign of the Cross
I was stopped in my tracks the other day – not by what someone said, but by what someone was determined to do. He had been cursed by a life of sickness, a cross of his own. He was so in love with Our Lord, he was not going to forget what had been done for him. As I motored along with the prayers I noticed this person was still struggling to make a sign of the cross that I had done so casually when we started. To see the strain and the tears start to form, made me realise that this was something I had taken for granted.
The fact that Jesus can overcome and heal the cross in my life - do I care? In Jesus, God got involved with our messy lives - so much so, His example of love became a threat to our sin. When we are threatened it is easy to put it to one side. Rather than work the problem through, we dispose of it.
Jesus did not take up the Cross to teach us how to die, but how to live. That is why we celebrate the Triumph of the Cross - the triumph of the love of Jesus. We are weak and we make mistakes but let us always look to the cross. The Cross is a sign of sacrificial love and therein lies its power. Such a way of life attracts mockery though, and we need to help each other.
Many people are ‘nailed’ to many things going wrong. It could be they are nailed to a bed of sickness, anger, hurt, immorality, debt, loneliness or the death of a loved one. It is this reality that Jesus wants to fill with His presence and transform with His love. It is this suffering that He calls us to fill with our love by giving hope, by giving our time, by sharing with those in need.
I’ll never forget that man’s effort to make the sign of the cross. May the Lord enter our hearts, be a part of our lives and heal that darkness that often clouds our spirit and nails us to our own tree of sorts.
Fr. John Cooke
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On Sunday 14 September, the Catholic Church in England and Wales celebrates RACIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY. It is a day on which all Christians are called to earnestly pray for an end to racism and racial inequality. The theme for 2014 is 'Combating Human Trafficking'. The Church is committed to supporting vulnerable and marginalised people and the Bishops' Conference's Office for Migration Policy takes the lead in our work to address the horrors of this modern‐day form of slavery.

Pope Francis has described human trafficking as
"an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity”.

If you're wondering what you can do to support the work of the bishops in this vital area, here are a few simple suggestions for you to consider:

+ Pray for victims of human trafficking and those who work to combat it
+ Raise Awareness by hosting training, seminar or an awareness raising event in your parish or school.
+ Volunteer in your parish to support the work of the Church on human trafficking.
+ Contact your MP asking him/her to Support the Modern Slavery Bill. Read the Bill on the parliament.uk website.
+ Campaign for ‘Slave-Free Labour’ labels on our goods and services (other examples include ‘fat-free’, ‘fair trade’).
+ Donate to the second collection.
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 come along to the Information Evening on Wednesday 17 September 2014 at 7.30pm in the Sacred Heart Church Hall, Fareham. Meet the team, tour the Church and ask questions. The programme begins on Wednesday 24th September. For more details contact the RCIA Co-ordinator, Lynne Wall: 02392 503894
AUTUMN FAYRE on Saturday 27 SEPTEMBER 2014
11am – 3pm in St Philip Howard Hall, Fareham and
St Jude’s School Field. Everyone in the Parish is welcome – come and find a bargain before Christmas!
HEALING PRAYER MINISTRY: If you missed either/ both of the days by Geoff & Gina Poulter, or wish to know more come to the repeat Session ONE Sunday 7th Sept, and TWO on Sunday 21st Sept 2-6pm in St Mary’s Church Hall. Continuation training (plus practice session) for all who have completed both training sessions: Sun 21st Sept 5- 9pm in the hall. All queries: Joe Da Gama 02392 552108.
The 'Catholicism' Course continues in Stubbington & Lee during September, October & November. Each of the DVD sessions ‘stand alone’ so you can come along to one or all the sessions (and do not have to have been to any of the previous sessions). The Course is led by Fr Robert Barron (author, speaker and theologian, founder of the global media ministry: Word on Fire www.WordOnFire.org which reaches millions of people by utilizing the tools of new media to draw people into or back to the Catholic Faith.)
"‘Catholicism’ could well become one of the most significant efforts ever to advance what Pope John Paul II called ‘The New Evangelization.’ "
George Weigel, Biographer of Pope John Paul II
Session 8:
“The Communion of Saints” - onWed 17th Sept at 1pm in St John's Church Hall, Lee
Southampton Celebrate Weekend 2014
Celebrate is a family conference for Christians of all ages. Our vision is to offer a faith-filled and fun event which combines good Christian teaching, inspirational speakers and celebration of the liturgy, where young and old alike join together in a vibrant atmosphere to celebrate the love of God. Saturday 27th September 2014 9 am - 9 pm
to Sunday 28th September 2014 9 am - 5.30 pm
The Southampton team are looking forward to welcoming you once again. If you haven’t been before, why not give it a try? The theme is ‘Jesus, the hope of all the world’. Contact & Details: Lynda and Peter Szymanski
Phone: 02380 292058 Email: peterszymanski@hotmail.co.uk
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
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
 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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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