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NIGHTFEVER will next be in and around St Mary’s Church, Gosport,
on Saturday 25th October 2014 7.30pm - 10.30pm

SUNDAY THOUGHT:
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time 19th October 2014

Today is World Mission Sunday
Today the Holy Father invites all Catholics to contribute to a special collection for Missio, his official charity for overseas mission.
Mission is urgent
‘The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who
encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew’ (Evangelii Gaudium, 1). Today vast numbers of people still do not know Jesus Christ and for this reason mission continues to be most urgent. The Church is missionary by nature and was born ‘to go forth’.
Grace and joy
World Mission Sunday is a celebration of grace and joy. Grace, because the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father, offers wisdom and strength. Joy, because Jesus Christ, the Father's Son, supports and accompanies our missionary
efforts. The joy experienced by Jesus leads me to offer you a bright jewel from Scripture which we find in the Gospel of Luke (Lk 10:20-23). [Taken from an abridged version of the Holy Father’s World Mission Sunday Message – link below]

http://www.missio.org.uk/assets/holy-father-s-message-and-mission-intentions.pdf

Your prayers and donations today will support the work of missionaries and young churches as they share faith, build churches and provide healthcare and education, often in difficult and dangerous circumstances overseas. The World Mission Sunday collection will go in its entirety to support mission projects worldwide that bring God’s love and message of dignity for all.
Please give what you can, and if possible, please use the Gift Aid envelopes if you are a taxpayer. Every gift makes a real difference to people living in poverty who are yearning to hear the Good News of God’s love for them
What is the difference between Home Mission Sunday and World Mission Sunday?
World Mission Sunday is a Papal collection taken at Mass on the penultimate Sunday in October. It goes to support the 1,069 mission dioceses overseas that are too poor to support themselves.
Home Mission is the collection for evangelisation and outreach in England and Wales.
Why do all parishes support World Mission Sunday?
All parishes are obliged to celebrate World Mission Sunday because it is so crucial for the growth of the Church overseas and for all those living in poverty who rely on the love and care of the Catholic Church.
World Mission Sunday is one of only three Papal collections and has been especially chosen by the Holy Father as the means by which we share what we have with our brothers and sisters in need.
How can we continue supporting Missio after World Mission Sunday?
Missio raises funds for the overseas mission of the Church through the APF-Mill Hill Red Boxes which are in 200,000 Catholic homes. Other ways of supporting the mission of the Church include praying for the work of missionaries and volunteering for Missio.
You can also support overseas mission by sending Mass stipends to overseas priests via Missio. An overseas priest can say Mass for your intentions and at the same time receive much-needed financial support.
For more information please visit Missio’s website: www.missio.org.uk or call the office on 020 7821 9755.
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FEAST OF ST PHILIP HOWARD - SUNDAY 19TH OCTOBER
Fr Joe will be preaching about Saint Philip Howard at all the Portchester & Fareham Masses this weekend. Come and join the celebration, refreshments after each Mass
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ST JUDE’S SCHOOL 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Opened on 4th May 1965, there will be a series of events arranged to mark the Golden Jubilee and parishioners will be most welcome to attend –
School Open Day 1.30pm to 6pm Tuesday 5th May 2015
Mass at St John’s Cathedral 11am Friday 22nd May 2015
Hog Roast and Dinner dance: Marquee at St Jude’s 7.30pm 22nd May 2015 (18+) (Tickets will be sold for the Hog Roast in due course).
We have a dedicated Facebook page: ‘St Jude’s Catholic Primary School 50th Anniversary’ where you can find more information about our planned events.
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DISCOVERING PRIESTHOOD DAY
For those discerning their vocation to the priesthood 1st November 2014, 10am - 5pm at St John's Seminary, Wonersh. Lunch will be provided. Contact: Fr. John Chandler: jchandler@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk.
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Follow @BishopEgan & @PortsmouthRC on Twitter
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RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA) 2014/2015 Journey in Faith
Do you want to learn about the Catholic faith?
Is your spouse a Catholic but you aren’t?
Have you been attending Mass but never got round to being
received into the Catholic Church?
Do you feel called to become a Catholic?
If your answer to any of these questions is, ‘Yes’, then please contact the RCIA Co-ordinator, Lynne Wall: 02392 503894
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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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(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