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NIGHTFEVER will next be in and around St Mary’s Church, Gosport,
on Saturday 26th April 2014 7.30pm - 10.30pm
Come and Experience Nightfever…………

SUNDAY THOUGHT:
EASTER SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S RESURRECTION 20th April 2014

Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendour, radiant in the brightness of your King! Easter is the feast of our faith. The Lord is truly risen.
We believe and celebrate the great Mysteries, the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord. These are not external truths to be rejoiced once a year. They are fundamental truths of our faith which affect our lives here and now. Our Faith was given to us: through infused grace during Baptism. We renew our Baptism Promises at this time to strengthen our faith that needs to grow and be nourished throughout the whole year.
Like the apostles, as they witness the story in which they took part, we revisit the story; our story, our history.
The apostles went to the tomb and found it empty. After their fear and confusion came their faith in Jesus Christ - Messiah and Saviour. When Peter stood up to speak to the people in Jerusalem (Acts 10: 34, 37-43), he told them a story: Not a made-up story, but a true story. He referred to what everyone knew: “You must have heard about the recent happenings in Judaea…”
He went on to say how he and his fellow disciples were there as witnesses: the preaching, the teaching, the healing work, the arrest, the unjust trial and the killing on a tree. Yes, everyone had heard that story. But then Peter went on to tell an extraordinary part of the story, the part the people had not heard before: that Jesus was raised to life. And just as Peter had been a witness to the first part of the story, he was also a witness to this “unbelievable” part.
Why did Peter, who had denied Christ, now believe so strongly? Peter’s story is simple. “We have eaten and drunk with him after his resurrection from the dead.” Ghosts do not eat and drink. Illusions do not take meals. Real people sit down to share food together, and that is what Peter is telling us: I sat with him at table and broke bread, he has forgiven me. It was this simple act of feeding, meeting with Lord - that was the proof for Peter. That is how he knew it was true. That is why he is a witness for us. He witnesses to what he has experienced. On this experience of the risen Christ, Peter will stake his life, dedicate his life and finally give his life.
Now we know for sure that our life is worthwhile, worth living. It is a life, a journey, whose destination is in heaven, at God’s right hand, where Jesus sits. For this reason we will live a heavenly life here on earth, and everything about this world has eternal value. Nothing about this life is useless or a waste of time, except selfishness and sin. Everything else is of immortal value, is immortal diamond. We, the followers of Jesus, now know what “true life” is. The glory of it is hidden in Christ. This world’s difficulty and darkness make it so. But it should not deter us. We know too, that many people want to tell a different story and put into our minds small seeds of doubt; just like in the early Church.
If we build our Faith on God's assurance that we will never die and never be ultimately defeated, then Christ is risen, He is risen indeed!
Fr Joe Gruszkiewicz

Pope Francis@Pontifex: Only trust in God can transform doubts into certainty, evil into good, night into radiant dawn.
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DIVINE MERCY WEEKEND Fri 25th – Sunday 27th April
The weekend, in St Philip Howard, Fareham, will be led by Sisters Diana & Maria, ZMBM (from Krakow)
ADORATION: 3pm Friday 25th April - 9am Sunday 27th April.
See Posters for details of all Activities and Masses.

OSSIE ELLIS
40 years’ service in any sphere of life is a considerable achievement; in the voluntary service of the Church it has particular value and honour. Ossie has service on the Finance Committees of the Parish of Fareham, the Parish of Fareham and Portchester and, latterly, as Chairman of the Finance Council of the Parish of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Fareham and Gosport, whilst continuing as Chairman of Fareham and Portchester Area Finance Team. Personally I am so very grateful to him for his commitment, his wisdom and his support. However, the whole parish owes him a huge debt. I am sure that we all wish him a long and happy retirement.
Fr John Humphreys p.p.
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Oaklands Catholic School – Teacher of R.E.
The Governors are seeking to appoint for September 2014 an exceptional member of staff to teach R.E. For further information and an information pack please email the Headteacher at headteacher@oaklands.hants.sch.uk telephone: 023 9224 8043 or visit the school website http://www.oaklands.hants.sch.uk/about-us/vacancies/ Closing date: Monday 28th April 2014.
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.
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Oaklands Catholic School – Temporary Teacher of Geography
The Governors are seeking to appoint a teacher of Geography, for September 2014, on a one year temporary contract to cover maternity leave. Further information please email the Headteacher
at: headteacher@oaklands.hants.sch.uk / telephone 023 9224 8043 school website: www.oaklands.hants.sch.uk/about-us/vacancies/
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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
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THE CHRISTIAN VOCATION OF THE LAITY: Sunday 17th May, 10am-4.30pm
This day, which will be held at St Benet’s Hall, Oxford, is open to all. For further details, please see:www.st-benets.ox.ac.uk/news.
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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.
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UCM - PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM
The Pilgrimage to Walsingham this year takes place on Tuesday 1st July. Cost is £44 per person. £20 will secure a place and should be paid asap, with balance by 8th June. Cost includes coach fare and Mass booklet. Pick up points: Sacred Heart Church & St Philip Howard Church, Fareham - [times TBC but departure approx.: 4.30am and return approx. 10pm]. Transport from the Shrine to Walsingham (for afternoon celebration) additional £2.50. Contact: Sheelagh Pickard, 01329 318442 or Pauline Williams, 01329 841960.
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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: anniversaries@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk. 
or pass your details to your local Parish Office
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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
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MUSICIANS needed for a contemporary and dynamic worship team
This diocesan team will be based at St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth. Musicians would have to commit to a weekly practice at the Cathedral and be available to play at Cathedral Masses and events. You must be between the age of 17 and 30, able to read and play along to chord sheets, provide your own instruments, work well within a team and preferably have experience of playing live within a church setting. We are looking for a full band set up: Vocalists, Keys / Synth, Acoustic guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Drums, Percussion, Strings and Brass. If you are interested please contact the diocesan events team: musicministry@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk for further information.
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Could you volunteer to help with Chaplaincies?
The Chaplaincy Team Steering Group (under the direction of Fr. John Lee) is looking for volunteers to help at diocesan level with all the Chaplaincy Departments including Pastoral Care Services. If you are involved with any of the following and feel you would like to contribute on a diocesan level through the Framework for Collaboration please could you consider volunteering. This would include: services for the sick or housebound, homeless, disadvantaged, bereavement, mental illness, hospital chaplains, prison chaplains, military chaplains and ethnic chaplaincies (e.g. Chinese, Polish, Nigerian, Syro-Malabar, Filipino chaplaincies) Contact: cvirgo@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk
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 2011. 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