18th Sunday of Ordinary Time 2nd August 2015

Sunday Thought
It is such as shame that we have to keep reminding ourselves Who it is we receive in Holy Communion. We can easily grow Lukewarm and indifferent and treat Jesus as an object.
In fact, if we are not careful our receiving of the Lord under our roof might become a mechanical kind of religious habit.
Jesus takes on the appearance of bread and wine during the Mass. Just like the invisible God taking on the form of a pillar of cloud for Moses to be able to see Him, or the Holy Spirit descending in the form of a dove, Jesus takes on the form of bread and wine; the invisible Lord is made visible under the appearance of bread and wine.
St John unpacks and explains our devotion to the Real and lasting presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in the Gospel during the next few weeks.
As we hear St John’s words, let’s pray that they will touch our hearts, reminding us of Who we receive in Holy Communion each and every time the Lord enters under our roof.

Fr John Chandler

9.30 am to 12 (noon) Sacred Heart Church, Fareham
Rosary: 9 am; Mass: 09:30; Coffee / tea in the hall; Prayers to the Sacred Heart with Adoration; Sacrament of Reconciliation; Meditation and Ministry of Healing until 12 (noon). Everyone is welcome - even for a short visit.

The Monthly MEETING OF THE CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE will take place in the Room above St Mary’s Hall, Gosport, on Wednesday 5th August at 2pm. For more information contact Section Secretary Marguerite Boulter on 01489 575663 or just come along. You would be most welcome.

Formation for Mission News and Events
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.
150th Anniversary of St Dominic's Priory, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight:
4th-6th August 2015
This former Dominican priory at Carisbrooke is important to both the Catholic history of the Diocese and England. It was built in 1865 by Elizabeth, Countess of Clare: foundress of St. Mary's, Ryde; and was the first monastic institution established on the Isle of Wight in the Post-Reformation era. It was also the first Catholic institution in England to receive a royal visit - Queen Victoria visited the Priory in 1869.
A Thanksgiving Mass will be celebrated on 4th August, at the Priory in Whitcombe Road, Carisbrooke.
An Ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving will be held at the Priory on 6th August, at 12 noon. This will be followed by a talk on the Priory’s history, a buffet lunch and Act of Remembrance. Everyone is welcome. Details from the Isle of Wight Catholic History Society. Tel. 01983 566740

Migrant Slavery Conference – 26th September 2015
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 and Laura Franklin, Assistant Commissioner, Police and Crime Commissioner, Isle of Wight. Booking is essential: the day will cost £10. Priority booking for members of diocesan parishes until the end of June when booking will be open to all. The day is likely to become fully booked very quickly so please book now. Bookings at www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/bookings or cvirgo@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

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: Politics
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.

Evangelization Intention: The Poor in Latin America
That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.

Prayer of the Month
Lord God, give us more politicians capable of sincere and effective dialogue aimed at healing the deepest roots - and not simply the appearances - of the evils in our world! I beg you, Lord, to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people and the lives of the poor! Open their minds to you, O God, and inspire their plans. Amen - Adapted from #205, The Joy of the Gospel

FAREWELL: we extend our prayers and our grateful thanks to Fr Peter Glas for the ministry he has given to our Parish/ Pastoral Area during his time with us. We wish him God speed as he embarks on a sabbatical and look forward to his safe return to the Diocese after this time of grace and renewal.

We have been helping out at the Homeless centre for the last two years providing a hot meal every 8th Sunday in a warm and friendly location in Fareham. I have been blessed with help from all our church communities but it’s time for me to recruit new helpers. Every 8 weeks (between 1 & 3pm) we provide a simple meal with a take-away sandwich, allowing the homeless and lonely to meet in Fareham in a friendly, warm and dry atmosphere.
If you feel you could help please contact me Kevin Field 01329238170
Thanks to Trisha, Marion ,Terry, David, Caryl, Joan, Bernadette and Andy, Wendy, Maureen, Joe D, Ronnie and Sheriff.

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: 8th August, 12th September, 10th October, 14th November, 12th December.
Everyone is welcome.

There are a number of youth events planned over the summer, including:
• TRUE SURVIVOR course (spiritual survival course hiking and camping in the New Forest for young men) 27-29th July
• CHERISHED course (young women aged 16-25) 10-12th Aug
To find out about these events and much more, see: www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/youth

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! This shows that it is possible to complete this course in the midst of a busy life. See the diocesan website under ‘Latest News’ for more information or email Sr Veronica Brennan: ffm@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk.
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
ORGANIST (OR PIANIST) NEEDED at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Bransbury Road, Southsea, to play the organ at weekly 6pm Saturday Vigil Mass: standard hymn tunes and simple Mass settings. Students (min. Grade V) considered. Other instrumentalists also welcome. Please ring 023 9282 5000 or e-mail peburke@globalnet.co.uk
For the first time, young people aged 15 & 16 are invited to join Bishop Philip on our Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes!

For information & consent forms, contact Will Hince: 07780221686 email: whince@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk.
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

Anchor for Good Shepherd Sunday - details of changes within the Parish

gregation’. This means our
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

Weekly Mass Times

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