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Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time 21st June 2015

– Trust & Peace in the Lord.
Crises in life have often been compared to stormy seas. They come upon us whether we like it or not. They knock us around and threaten to destroy all our stability and security. We fear we won’t weather them and we don’t know how long they’ll last. Today’s Gospel reminds us that we are at sea and in the process of navigating to the other shore that is eternal life - and Jesus is with us. This Gospel is calling us to trust that the Lord cares for us and, with His Word, He saves us from the tempests of the sea.
Some of the lessons in the story are obvious: Jesus has power over the storms of life; He experiences them alongside us, because He is with us and wants us to trust Him more than we do. The Lord is always with His Church, the boat, despite being tossed about by difficulties. He is watching even when it feels like He’s asleep ... on a cushion!
Perhaps a lesson less obvious is that storms don’t worry Jesus. He’s perfectly calm about them. He isn’t terrified; He isn’t impatient; He isn’t worried. In fact, He’s so calm, he’s asleep. It is understandable to wonder why on earth He doesn’t get up and do something, and we can wonder whether He knows the trouble we’re in. In times of personal crisis, let us never doubt; in spite of appearances to the contrary.
Most of the time, life seems like a relentless voyage from one storm to the next. Sickness and death are very intense experiences and provide some of the stronger buffetings in our lives. The presence of Christ and the power of love, however, can bring peace and calm a tumultuous situation.
Amid the distractions, temptations and storms of our lives, let us pray for faith that acknowledges Jesus Christ as the one who can save us. If we trust in Him we can cope with all the storms of life.

Fr. John Cooke

CONSULTATION ON ACADEMY CONVERSION - MULTI-ACADEMY TRUSTS: Bishop Philip and the diocesan trustees are circulating a consultation document on the conversion of schools into the preferred model of multi-academy trusts. This document, together with the response form, is available on the diocesan website:
http://www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/schools/consultation.php
All interested parties are invited to view this and respond. A series of meetings will also be held across the diocese - these are detailed in the consultation document. Together with schools, trustees wish to develop a model that best works in the interests of all concerned and to plan for appropriate support that will be needed by schools in the process. Consultation closes 14th July 2015.

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 & 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

DIOCESAN YOUTH EVENTS
There are a number of youth events planned over the summer, including:
• STAND FIRM (post-Confirmation summer camp) 19-21st July
• 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

NEW CATECHIST TRAINING COURSE begins 31st October
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.

Message from Fr John Cooke
I am sure I speak on behalf of us all as I extend our grateful thanks to Fr Peter Glas for all he has offered our Parish, especially the worshipping communities of Gosport & Bridgemary, during his past 7 years with us. We wish him our best as he embarks on a sabbatical and look forward to his return to the Diocese after this time of grace. Fr Peter has moved out of St Mary’s, Gosport - but will be back for his formal leaving Mass on Sun 5th July [His final Mass at St Columba’s will be on Sat 4th July at 6pm and there will be only one Mass at St Mary’s on the 5th July at 10am.] to which you are all invited.
We would like to offer a warm welcome to the Marian Franciscan Friars, led by Fr Serafino who will minister to those communities. We are also delighted to welcome our community of Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate - they have moved this week as well. It has been a particularly hectic time for us all; as I am sure you understand! The Sisters are in temporary accommodation until the necessary preparatory work at the presbytery in Bridgemary is completed.
As you may have seen in our Newsletter last week, sadly Fr Joe will be leaving our Parish. He is to take up a new role as Coordinating Pastor on the Isle of Wight from September and our prayers and good wishes go with him.
Fr P J Smith will be joining us at this time and we look forward to welcoming him.
As you can appreciate, parish moves can be very stressful for all those involved and we ask for both your understanding and your prayers for all our parish clergy during this time of transition. Fr John Cooke , Coordinating Pastor
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EVANGELISATION STRATEGY TEAM
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
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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
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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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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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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 throughout the Pastoral Area can be obtained by clicking below.