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SUNDAY THOUGHT: PENTECOST SUNDAY 24th May 2015

SUNDAY THOUGHT: THE GREAT FEAST - PENTECOST

When God the Son Ascended into Heaven, He disappeared from our sight; He returned to Heaven, beyond our senses, and this is something we have to come to terms with as Disciples of Christ.
We of course come into physical contact with Him when we receive His REAL AND ACTUAL Body and Blood in Holy Communion, but we cannot sense that it is Him!
It is natural for us to want to ‘look into the sky’ wanting to catch a glimpse of Christ but ‘wanting to see’ is incompatible with ‘trusting in faith’. (Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe! John 20:29) It is natural to want to see, it is supernatural to accept in faith.
As Disciples we need to recognise that our relationship with the Trinity has now changed, it is God the Holy Spirit who now leads, inspires and teaches us about the things of Heaven. It is He who opens our minds and who explains the teachings we need hear and understand in order to be faithful followers of Christ.
It is God the Holy Spirit who transforms bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ; it is God the Holy Spirit who has been sent amongst us for the forgiveness of sins; it is God the Holy Spirit who strengthens the sick and the dying by applying grace to the soul.

Our relationship with God is supernatural - beyond our senses!

Let us ask God (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) to help us on this Pentecost Sunday to be more aware of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives, that we will cooperate with Him always, and in doing so, become the Saint that God wills us to be.
Fr John Chandler
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PENTECOST: SUNDAY 24TH MAY
There will be a service of praise and worship, at 3pm with laying on of hands by Fr Peter Glas, in St Mary’s, Gosport.
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Saturday 23 May: 6pm to 6am – Perpetual Adoration
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NOVENA to the Holy Spirit: 15 - 23 May copies available
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Pilgrimage - Monday May 25th to help the Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, New Milton celebrate their Diamond Jubilee. A coach will be leaving Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception at 10am. On arrival there will be Mass at 12 noon, followed by blessing their new Grotto and then a shared lunch in the hall/garden with lots of fun, games & dancing. Coach: £15 – still some seats.
For tickets contact Maria Owen: 01329 664260
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PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM – 7th July 2015
The UCM have a few seats available for their pilgrimage to Walsingham on Tuesday 7th July 2015. Departure from St Philip Howard Church at 04:30 (then pick up from Sacred Heart Church); return approximately 22:00.
Please email: PJWFareham@hotmail.com asap.
A £20 non-returnable deposit will secure your place & the remaining £30 is required by 31st May 2015.
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FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTIONS - 5TH JUNE 2015
Come and Pray with the Sacred Heart for our Parish, Pastoral Area, & Diocese, at Sacred Heart Church, Fareham. Devotions start with Rosary at 9 am. Mass is at 09:30 followed by Coffee / tea in the hall. Then we return to the Church for Prayers to the Sacred Heart with Adoration; Sacrament of Reconciliation; Meditation and Ministry of Healing until 12 (noon). Everyone is welcome - for a short visit or the morning.

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS - 6TH JUNE 2015
Come and join in the prayer at St Mary’s, Gosport, from 9.30 am to 1 pm. Mass at 9.30 am; Adoration; Rosary; Ministry of Healing after Mass; Fatima Devotions; Confessions at 12 noon. All are welcome.
The last First Saturday with Father Peter

CORPUS CHRISTI (transferred) Sunday 7th June
You are invited to join Fr Serafino Lanzetta and the Friars and Sisters of the Immaculate, in a Blessed Sacrament Procession along Gosport High Street at 12:15 [Mass is at 11:00]. More details: Joe Da Gama 02392 552108

BISHOP CRISPIAN will be celebrating the GOLDEN JUBILEE of his ordination to the priesthood later this year (11th July). We are delighted to be able to celebrate this wonderful occasion with him, as a diocese. There will be a special Mass on Tuesday 9th June at 11am in the Cathedral. You are welcome.

FEAST OF THE SACRED HEART: Friday 12th June Everyone is invited to celebrate the Feast of Title at the Sacred Heart Church, Fareham. There will be the Mass at noon and again at 7pm. More details will follow when the programme is formalised.

YOUTH MATTERS
STAND FIRM: Sunday 19th – Tuesday 21st July 2015 post-Confirmation Retreat in Newport on the Isle of Wight.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: 21-28 August 2015
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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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

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

LOOKING TOWARDS A NEW PASTORAL AREA
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 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
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