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REST IN PEACE Please pray for... Ireana Gruszkiewicz, Fr Joe’s sister-in law,
who lost her battle with cancer this week in Poland. May she rest in peace & rise in glory.
NIGHTFEVER will next be in and around St Mary’s Church, Gosport,
on Saturday 25th October 2014 7.30pm - 10.30pm

SUNDAY THOUGHT:
25th Sunday in ordinary Time 21st September 2014

I write this having just completed two weekends of memorable farewells. On Saturday 6th September my brother priests and the people of the Parish of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Fareham and Gosport bade Alison and me goodbye. I was amazed to see so many people from across the whole parish. Thank you so much for your most generous and thoughtful gifts; we shall buy something specific for our new home and let you know what it is. The beautiful icon of Our Lady will have pride of place. After Mass at Stubbington on Sunday 14th the people of Lee and Stubbington provided a splendid bring and share lunch and more gifts. I am sure that the fig tree, given to Alison by the members of the choir, will do well in our garden in Emsworth, which is quite sheltered and sunny. It was a very sad day for Alison and me. However, we were so pleased that our daughters, Clare and Rosemary, were able to be with us, together with our future son-in-law, Vivek.

The past 12 years have been very happy ones for us both. We shall have treasured memories of you all. Thank you for your kindness and support. We are so grateful for all the cards and personal messages. It would be hard to respond to them all individually; please accept our profound thanks.
Please pray for Father John Cooke, your new Parish Priest and Father John Chandler, Associate Parish Priest for Lee and Stubbington. Alison joins me in sending our best wishes and offering our prayers for the future of Our Lady Star of the Sea.
Yours ever,
Fr. John Humphreys
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Today is Home Mission Sunday the day when we are invited
to pray for and support the Church’s work of Evangelisation in England and Wales.

The theme this year is Evangelisation ’in the heart of the family’.
We are reminded that the work of evangelisation begins within our own families - in our own homes - and also within the spiritual family of our parish.
As we listen to today’s Scripture readings during Mass, the Bishops ask that we reflect very especially on how the Lord might be calling us to reach out to those that we know, in our home and parish family, who are non churchgoing (lapsed) Catholics.

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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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THE WORLD’S BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING
IN AID OF MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT
Friday 26th September 2014 in St Mary’s Church Hall
High St/Mumby Rd, Gosport, from 10am

Entertainment in the Church by
Continuum Singers & St Mary’s Singers

MASS at 12 noon
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Special Healing Service
Friday 3rd October at 7pm
in St Mary’s Church, High St, Gosport
for Cancer sufferers, their families and friends
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CAFOD Harvest Fast Day – Friday 3 October
Thank you so much for all your support this summer for the CAFOD’s Gaza and Iraq appeals. Please join us in prayer on Friday 3 October and make a place at your table for the one in eight across the world who do not have enough to eat. Your Fast Day envelopes are will be available in church from next weekend. Please give as much as you can so that hunger doesn’t remain a fact of life for the world’s poorest people. Thank you for your compassion and solidarity at this time. Lynda Mussell, CAFOD Portsmouth Diocesan Manager.

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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 come along to the Information Evening on Wednesday 17 September 2014 at 7.30pm in the Sacred Heart Church Hall, Fareham. Meet the team, tour the Church and ask questions. The programme begins on Wednesday 24th September. For more details contact the RCIA Co-ordinator, Lynne Wall: 02392 503894
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AUTUMN FAYRE on Saturday 27 SEPTEMBER 2014
11am – 3pm in St Philip Howard Hall, Fareham and
St Jude’s School Field. Everyone in the Parish is welcome – come and find a bargain before Christmas!
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HEALING PRAYER MINISTRY: If you missed either/ both of the days by Geoff & Gina Poulter, or wish to know more come to the repeat Session ONE Sunday 7th Sept, and TWO on Sunday 21st Sept 2-6pm in St Mary’s Church Hall. Continuation training (plus practice session) for all who have completed both training sessions: Sun 21st Sept 5- 9pm in the hall. All queries: Joe Da Gama 02392 552108.
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The 'Catholicism' Course continues in Stubbington & Lee during September, October & November. Each of the DVD sessions ‘stand alone’ so you can come along to one or all the sessions (and do not have to have been to any of the previous sessions). The Course is led by Fr Robert Barron (author, speaker and theologian, founder of the global media ministry: Word on Fire www.WordOnFire.org which reaches millions of people by utilizing the tools of new media to draw people into or back to the Catholic Faith.)
"‘Catholicism’ could well become one of the most significant efforts ever to advance what Pope John Paul II called ‘The New Evangelization.’ "
George Weigel, Biographer of Pope John Paul II
Session 8:
“The Communion of Saints” - onWed 17th Sept at 1pm in St John's Church Hall, Lee
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Southampton Celebrate Weekend 2014
Celebrate is a family conference for Christians of all ages. Our vision is to offer a faith-filled and fun event which combines good Christian teaching, inspirational speakers and celebration of the liturgy, where young and old alike join together in a vibrant atmosphere to celebrate the love of God.
Saturday 27th September 2014 9 am - 9 pm
to Sunday 28th September 2014 9 am - 5.30 pm
The Southampton team are looking forward to welcoming you once again. If you haven’t been before, why not give it a try? The theme is ‘Jesus, the hope of all the world’. Contact & Details: Lynda and Peter Szymanski
Phone: 02380 292058 Email: peterszymanski@hotmail.co.uk
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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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Keep up to date with what’s happening in the diocese. The diocesan e-news comes out once a week: latest events, photos, videos. www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk
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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