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SUNDAY THOUGHT: Third Sunday of Easter

‘You are witnesses to this’

Have you noticed how Jesus keeps talking about sin recently?
Last Sunday He gave His apostles the authority to forgive (or to retain) sins in His name and today He reminds them that ‘repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations’.
Sin is a top priority for Jesus! The whole point of His death on the Cross was to take away the sins of the world. Sin is a top priority for Jesus and it should be for us too.
Sin is an unfortunate reality of being a member of the human race since the fall. We all sin, we all fall short of what Jesus asks of us. We know that……
He knows that! Which is why He continues to forgive us when we repent.
When Jesus appears to the disciples after His death, He makes it clear to them that although He died for our sins, we still need to repent, and we need to confess. Jesus has never said that sin doesn’t matter; He has never said to forget our failings. What He did say is that ‘we are witnesses to this!’ We are witnesses to the need to repent and seek forgiveness.
The way Jesus has decided to apply the power and healing of His crucifixion, death and resurrection to every individual is by repenting and confessing. If we forget this, then we will miss the point.
Let’s listen to Jesus and let’s be His witnesses, preaching the need to repent to all the nations!
Fr John Chandler

Pope Francis@Pontifex: The Lord never tires of forgiving us.
It is we who get tired of asking for pardon.
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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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ARE YOU WORKING WITH CHILDREN IN THE PARISH?
Is your Child Protection Training up to date?
Wednesday 22nd April 2015 – St Margaret Mary, Middle Road, Park Gate SO31 7GH
Child Protection training: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Trainer: Val Croughan. To register please contact: Soraya Ciccarone, PA to Diocesan Safeguarding Co-ordinator & Diocesan Financial Secretary,
Tel: (Direct Dial) 023 92 836511/023 92 816396/023 92 825430 Email:  soraya@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk
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DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
22 NOVEMBER – 02 DECEMBER 2015
PILGRIMAGE ROADSHOW
COMMENCING at 19:30 HOURS
21st APRIL in the CATHEDRAL DISCOVERY CENTRE
Meet Peter Rand of the Friends of the Holy Land and learn how you can support our suffering Christian brothers and sisters in the Holy Land. Please bring a friend.
For further information CONTACT DEACON IAIN at
blessings41@gmail.com
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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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Keep in touch with the latest news! The Diocese of Portsmouth now issues a weekly e-news with photos, news, and information from around the Diocese. Go to www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk and add your email address to receive these updates. Are you on Facebook? Like ‘Diocese of Portsmouth’ to get all the latest info as it happens. You can also follow @BishopEgan and @PortsmouthRC on Twitter.
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St Jude’s School 50th Anniversary
St Jude’s School opened on 4th May 1965. Below are some of the events planned to mark the occasion. Parishioners (especially past pupils and staff) will be most welcome.
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

Our Facebook page: ‘St Jude’s Catholic Primary School 50th Anniversary’ gives more information about planned events
School Open Day Tuesday 5th May 2015 1.30pm- 6pm
St John’s Cathedral Mass Friday 22nd May 2015 11am
Hog Roast & Dinner Dance*: Marquee at St Jude’s 7.30pm 22nd May 2015 (18+)

*Tickets on sale now - available from: St Jude’s School; Sacred Heart Office; St Anthony’s School; St Margaret Mary Office and Immaculate Conception Office.
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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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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
click to download