Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
30th August 2015

TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION: Tuesday 8th September at 8pm
…. along the High Street in Gosport with a statue of Our Lady to celebrate the birthday of our Heavenly Mother.

The Marian Franciscan Friars & Sisters will lead the singing of hymns to Our Lady. This will be preceded by praying the Rosary at 6.30pm and Mass at 7pm in St Mary’s Church (concelebrated by Fr Serafino Lanzetta and Fr John Chandler). After the procession, there will be an opportunity for individual investiture with the Miraculous Medal and light refreshments will be on offer in the Church Hall. All are welcome to celebrate this wonderful feast.

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
Julianne White and Veronica Wilson will be leading Alpha Sessions in the St Margaret Mary Church Hall on a Thursday evening – commencing 17th September. Please contact them for details [Veronica: 07704155271 / email: veronica.wilson7@btinternet.com Julianne: 07766854280]
Taster Session Come and see what Alpha is all about...
Before starting in earnest on the 17th Sept, we will be hosting a taster session on Thurs 10th Sept at 7pm in the Hall. Do join us for some food, a DVD & time to talk. It may encourage you to join, or even to help!
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:
Retreat Day for Catechists – 26th September
Day for Catechists – 17th October
Conference by Matthew Pinto (Founder of Ascension Press) – 9th November
Suggested resources are also listed – for adults, for young people and for children.

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 essential: [the day will cost £10] Veronica: 07704155271 email: veronica.wilson7@btinternet.com
Or www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/bookings
Home Mission Sunday is celebrated on 20 September 2015 and is themed: PROCLAIM God’s Mercy. On this day we are encouraged to pray for the work of evangelisation in England and Wales, remembering in our prayers especially those whom we know are distant from the life of faith. Please support the second collection which funds the bishops’ national work of evangelisation and the development of this year's Proclaim ’15: Building Missionary Parishes initiative. The collection also ensures that the Catholic Faith Centre is resourced to respond to those who have questions about the Catholic Faith. It is possible to donate online at:
Commemorative prayer cards are available to take away. Please support the work of Home Mission through your prayers and generosity. For more information:
God bless you and thank you.
Southampton Celebrate Weekend
Saturday 26th September 2015, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
to Sunday 27th September 2015, 9 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
This event is in its eighth year! Join with families around the Diocese for another faith-filled weekend with Mass, good teaching, brilliant music, and stream activities for all age groups. The conference takes place at St Mary's College, Bitterne Park, Southampton. Mass will be celebrated by Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation, Fr Mark

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.
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 volunteers may give themselves generously to the service of the needy.
Evangelization: That setting aside our very selves we may learn to be neighbours to those who find themselves on the margins of human life and society.

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: 12th September, 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
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
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
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.
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 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

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.