14th Sunday of Ordinary Time 5th July 2015

Sunday Thought : Times change but values last.

‘The spirit came into me and made me stand up and I heard the Lord speaking to me’ (Ezekiel).

We Catholics will have to stand up and be counted. Stand up for values and principles we hold dear. Prophets may or may not be accepted among their own people but silence is not always the answer. We need to speak the truth. We must keep the faith.

When my nephew started playing rugby, he was explaining to me that when his team get the ball you have to ‘use it or lose it.’ With faith or talent or any God-given gift the choice is simple – ‘use it or lose it.’ Anything worth preserving takes time and effort. You know the story of the young musician who dreamed of playing in Carnegie Hall New York. She was called to audition in the world renowned theatre but was unsure which way to turn when she got off the bus. She saw an old man and asked: ‘How do I get to Carnegie Hall?.’ He smiled and said: ‘Practice my friend, practice. That’s how you get to Carnegie Hall.’ It is how we become good Christians. It is how we become more sensitive to the needs and hurts of those around us. It is the secret of nurturing the faith we treasure. ‘Practice my friend, practice.’ (Pat Donnellan)


Universal Intention: Politics
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.

Evangelization Intention: The Poor in Latin America
That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.

Prayer of the Month
Lord God, give us more politicians capable of sincere and effective dialogue aimed at healing the deepest roots - and not simply the appearances - of the evils in our world! I beg you, Lord, to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people and the lives of the poor! Open their minds to you, O God, and inspire their plans. Amen - Adapted from #205, The Joy of the Gospel

Pope Francis ‏@Pontifex : How wonderful it is to proclaim to everyone the love of God which saves us and gives meaning to our lives!

FAREWELL: we extend our prayers and our grateful thanks to Fr Peter Glas for the ministry he has given to our Parish/ Pastoral Area during his time with us. We wish him God speed as he embarks on a sabbatical and look forward to his safe return to the Diocese after this time of grace and renewal.

on Saturday 11th July in St Philip Howard Church, Fareham. Mass will be followed by Afternoon Tea in the Hall provided by the SVP. For more information or to organise a lift contact Pauline Jackson: 01329 236275. All are most welcome.

Dress for serving personnel: No.1 uniform with medals. Drinks reception after Mass. All welcome.

We have been helping out at the Homeless centre for the last two years providing a hot meal every 8th Sunday in a warm and friendly location in Fareham. I have been blessed with help from all our church communities but it’s time for me to recruit new helpers. Every 8 weeks (between 1 & 3pm) we provide a simple meal with a take-away sandwich, allowing the homeless and lonely to meet in Fareham in a friendly, warm and dry atmosphere.
If you feel you could help please contact me Kevin Field 01329238170
Thanks to Trisha, Marion ,Terry, David, Caryl, Joan, Bernadette and Andy, Wendy, Maureen, Joe D, Ronnie and Sheriff.


These meetings [10:00-12:00] will be held once a month after the Saturday morning Mass at the Sacred Heart Church, Fareham. They will take the form of a short film, prayers, guided Lectio Divina and refreshments.
Dates: 11th July, 8th August, 12th September, 10th October, 14th November, 12th December.
Everyone is welcome.

CONSULTATION ON ACADEMY CONVERSION - MULTI-ACADEMY TRUSTS: Bishop Philip and the diocesan trustees are circulating a consultation document on the conversion of schools into the preferred model of multi-academy trusts. This document, together with the response form, is available on the diocesan website:
All interested parties are invited to view this and respond. A series of meetings will also be held across the diocese - these are detailed in the consultation document. Together with schools, trustees wish to develop a model that best works in the interests of all concerned and to plan for appropriate support that will be needed by schools in the process. Consultation closes 14th July 2015.

The diocesan Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility Team is hosting this conference on at St. Bede’s Church, Popley Way, Basingstoke RG24 9DX, 9.30am – 3.30pm. There is an excellent line-up of speakers including Kevin Hyland, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Fiona Cunningham, Centre for Social Justice, Jess Gealer, Medaille Trust & Laura Franklin, Assistant Commissioner, Police and Crime Commissioner, Isle of Wight.
Booking is essential: the day will cost £10. Priority booking for members of diocesan parishes until the end of June when booking will be open to all. The day is likely to become fully booked very quickly so please book now.
Bookings at www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/bookings
or cvirgo@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

There are a number of youth events planned over the summer, including:
• STAND FIRM (post-Confirmation summer camp) 19-21st July
• TRUE SURVIVOR course (spiritual survival course hiking and camping in the New Forest for young men) 27-29th July
• CHERISHED course (young women aged 16-25) 10-12th Aug
To find out about these events and much more, see: www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/youth

The Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis (MCC) is starting on the 31st October 2015 in Chandler's Ford. This 2 year course offers a comprehensive but accessible formation for catechists, strengthening and deepening both Faith knowledge and Catechetical method. There are currently 23 catechists of the diocese attending this course, who are about to start on their second year and are enjoying every minute of it! This shows that it is possible to complete this course in the midst of a busy life. See the diocesan website under ‘Latest News’ for more information or email Sr Veronica Brennan: ffm@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk.

Message from Fr John Cooke
I am sure I speak on behalf of us all as I extend our grateful thanks to Fr Peter Glas for all he has offered our Parish, especially the worshipping communities of Gosport & Bridgemary, during his past 7 years with us. We wish him our best as he embarks on a sabbatical and look forward to his return to the Diocese after this time of grace. Fr Peter has moved out of St Mary’s, Gosport - but will be back for his formal leaving Mass on Sun 5th July [His final Mass at St Columba’s will be on Sat 4th July at 6pm and there will be only one Mass at St Mary’s on the 5th July at 10am.] to which you are all invited.
We would like to offer a warm welcome to the Marian Franciscan Friars, led by Fr Serafino who will minister to those communities. We are also delighted to welcome our community of Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate - they have moved this week as well. It has been a particularly hectic time for us all; as I am sure you understand! The Sisters are in temporary accommodation until the necessary preparatory work at the presbytery in Bridgemary is completed.
As you may have seen in our Newsletter last week, sadly Fr Joe will be leaving our Parish. He is to take up a new role as Coordinating Pastor on the Isle of Wight from September and our prayers and good wishes go with him.
Fr P J Smith will be joining us at this time and we look forward to welcoming him.
As you can appreciate, parish moves can be very stressful for all those involved and we ask for both your understanding and your prayers for all our parish clergy during this time of transition. Fr John Cooke , Coordinating Pastor
For many of you the word 'evangelisation' may conjure up images of TV evangelists. This initiative is nothing like that.
Pope Francis has called upon all Catholics to be evangelists. Strategy teams are being set up in pastoral areas to take the Holy Father's initiative forward. We already have a small team of willing volunteers, but we need more. Ideally from each of our worshipping communities (of Fareham, Portchester, Lee, Stubbington, Gosport, Bridgemary and Park Gate)
What sort of people are we looking for? In your daily work, many of you will be doing jobs that involve: project management, analysis, marketing, HR – the things businesses need to build teams – that list is not exhaustive. These are the sort of skills we need. We are certainly not looking for ‘televangelist’ types.
In terms of time, the commitment is not heavy: Bishop Philip is asking us to meet termly – so about 3 meetings a year. So please, do come forward. You will make new friends across our area as we work together on this team.
Please speak with your Priest, to be referred, or contact me directly.
Fr John Cooke
ORGANIST (OR PIANIST) NEEDED at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Bransbury Road, Southsea, to play the organ at weekly 6pm Saturday Vigil Mass: standard hymn tunes and simple Mass settings. Students (min. Grade V) considered. Other instrumentalists also welcome. Please ring 023 9282 5000 or e-mail peburke@globalnet.co.uk
STAND FIRM: Sunday 19th – Tuesday 21st July 2015 post-Confirmation Retreat in Newport on the Isle of Wight.

For the first time, young people aged 15 & 16 are invited to join Bishop Philip on our Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes!

For information & consent forms, contact Will Hince: 07780221686 email: whince@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk.
Please speak to your local Priest if you are interested in volunteering for the new Evangelisation Strategy Team that Bishop Philip is requesting of every pastoral area/parish in the Diocese. Your name and details will be forwarded to Fr John Cooke so that a discernment conversation can be arranged.
Many thanks, Fr John Cooke
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Maryfield Convent – Catholic Residential Care Home, London Rd., Hook, Hampshire, RG27 9LA Tel: 01256 762394. Maryfield (a residential care home) provides care and comfort to members of all religious denominations. Mass is celebrated daily in the convent chapel and the sisters and staff provide continuous quality care, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. We presently have vacancies. If you would like to arrange a visit, or require further information, please call: 01256 762394
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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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(see address below).
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

Anchor for Good Shepherd Sunday - details of changes within the Parish

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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

Weekly Mass Times

Details of regular Mass times throughout the Pastoral Area can be obtained by clicking below.