Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
4th October 2015

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE - Wednesday 7th October at 2pm
in the Room above the Hall at St Mary's Gosport..... There will be an Important meeting to discuss the new ideas suggested by the National Committee of the CWL. For more information or to offer apologies for absence contact, Marguerite Boulter on 01489 575663
Special Memorial Service for John Bradnock RIP -
to be held in St John the Evangelist Church, South Place, Lee-on-the-Solent.
Friday 23rd October at 18:30
All are welcome - please come if you knew John. He was an Altar Server at St John's for many years until ill health forceed him to retire.
Much of his life was spent as the Cook on board TS Royalist.
Maryvale Certificate in Catechesis
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. Out of the original number, only one had to defer his year for personal reasons. This shows that it is possible to complete this course in the midst of a busy life.
The full details for this course can be downloaded from the Diocesan website
If you are a catechist, you’ll be interested to see Formation for Mission’s new webpage on the diocesan website: www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/formation.
All upcoming events are listed, including:
Conference by Matthew Pinto (Founder of Ascension Press) – 9th November
Suggested resources are also listed – for adults, for young people and for children.
Can you help? - CAFOD Portsmouth is currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us visit Catholic primary schools across Portsmouth/Havant. If you are a good communicator and interested in global issues, contact Lynda Mussell: 01252329385 / email portsmouth@cafod.org.uk
The Catholic Church in England and Wales launches Safeguarding E-learning
If you have a role working with children, young people or adults who may be vulnerable, or if you are a parent who wants to understand on-line safety, you are encouraged to read the e-learning safeguarding brochure. This explains what programmes are available via e-learning and how to access the programmes that interest you. This e-learning package is part of the Church’s commitment to safeguarding, recognising we all have a role to play in creating a safe environment. Go to: www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/safeguarding.
Universal Intention: That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization Intention: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.
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: 10th October, 14th November, 12th December.
Everyone is welcome.
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
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.
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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
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)
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).
Welcome to the Solent Pastoral Area
dedicated to Our Lady Star of the Sea.

Extending from the River Hamble in the west to Portsmouth Harbour in the east, and including the Parishes of Fareham & Portchester, Gosport & Bridgemary, Lee-on-the-Solent & Stubbington, and Park Gate, the Pastoral Area belongs to the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth.

There are 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 Pastoral Area aims 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.

A message from the Chair of the PPC

As from the Beginning of September the Parish of Our Lady Star of the Sea will revert to being a Pastoral Area containing four separate Parishes but remaining under the patronage of Stella Maris - Our Lady Star of the Sea. This website will continue for the forseeable future and contain information that is of interest to the wider community. The Mass Times for the whole area are available below. It is probable that the Individual Parishes will give details of their own Mass times.

Weekly Mass Times

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