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NIGHTFEVER will next be in and around St Mary’s Church, Gosport,
on Saturday 13th December 2014 7.30pm - 10.30pm

SUNDAY THOUGHT: CHRIST THE KING
23rd November 2014

Christ the King – Are you a SHEEP or a GOAT?

Kingdom talk can be alien to our experience. Kings, armies, battlements are the stuff of history, novels, and computer games. Yet, the kingdom is the common bond between us. In our country we always support the underdog, but it is justice that is paramount. This is the realisation of the presence of God and His Holy Spirit.

If we review our year and monitor the reign God has had in our lives, can we consider how our actions have led to the hungry being fed, the oppressed being delivered from bondage, the imprisoned released, the stranger welcomed, and the lost found, loved and accepted. The everything of life.

At the end of time – and this will be for everyone - we will be called to make an account of our life to the Lord; because, each of us has been given a gift. On judgement day it will be our time to speak to Him, uninhibited I guess, and the decisive factor for this conversation will be: the account of love in all our actions.

The idea of judgement (one of the Four Last Things) can be frightening, but love will be the measure by which we will be judged. How have our lives made manifest acts of kindness, mercy, and justice? Were we there to feed the hungry, to give drink to the thirsty and clothe the naked? If so then God’s Kingdom is being made real in our midst.

The action of self-less love is the sign of God’s kingdom in the here and now. No act of love is insignificant: our forgiving each other, our coming to pray together, sharing the Sign of Peace, our making communion...... The judgement we receive at the end of time, will be made on how we have responded to God’s excessive love poured out upon us, by our offering self-less love to others.

Let us pray that we will be wise to the Word of God
coming to us from people and places
from which we least expect it to come.

Let us pray that we will be willing to not just hear
but listen and respond.
This goes for everyone –
those who believe and those who don’t.

Let us spread the Good News!


Fr John Cooke

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Pope Francis@Pontifex: There is so much noise in the world! May we learn to be silent in our hearts and before God.
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NIGHTFEVER Gosport Saturday 13th December 2014

Bishop Philip has accepted an invitation from Fr Peter, & the Nightfever Gosport Team, to celebrate the 6pm Mass in St Mary’s Church on Saturday 13th December and then to stay for the start of the mission to show his personal affirmation for Nightfever in the frontline of New Evangelisation in the Diocese. He has asked for a feature article of Nightfever to be included in the Portsmouth People.

Fr John Cooke has arranged for Graham Nixon, who writes for the Catholic Herald, to also come along and write a piece – he is bringing a photographer too.

Please pray for this next mission – for many volunteers, visitors and the power of the Holy Spirit for evangelisation.

If you have been before - you know the power of prayer.

If you have never been – why not come and see?

CHAPLAINCY DAY - 10th January 2015

10am to1pm, followed by buffet lunch and networking in the Discovery Centre, St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth.
Are you a chaplain (lay or clergy) working in any capacity?
Hospital, pastoral care, police, prison, ethnic chaplaincies?
Are you interested in volunteering for any one of the Chaplaincy Teams?
The Chaplaincy Department of the Diocese of Portsmouth would like to invite you to a morning to: hear Bishop Philip Egan speak on his vision for chaplaincy in the context of the new evangelisation; understand how the Framework for Collaboration will promote and support chaplaincy services in the diocese; meet the chaplaincy teams and hear about their activities. We will also be seeking your views on the development of chaplaincy services in the diocese.
Please RSVP to cvirgo@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk
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St Jude’s School 50th Anniversary

St Jude’s School opened on 4th May 1965. Below are some of the events planned to mark the occasion. Parishioners (especially past pupils and staff) will be most welcome.
Occasions like this need to be marked in a tangible way so we are hoping to raise funds to provide a Stained Glass Window for the library, designed by the current children that will give them a memento of their own. If you have good memories of St Jude’s and would like to help - we have set up an account:-
St. Jude’s Catholic Primary School Governor’s Fund Sort: 40-52-40
A/C no:00083345 Ref: St Jude’s 50th
Alternatively cheque/cash can be sent to school All donations will be appreciated.
Many thanks, St Jude’s Governors 50th Committee

Our Facebook page: ‘St Jude’s Catholic Primary School 50th Anniversary’ gives more information about planned events
School Open Day Tuesday 5th May 2015 1.30pm- 6pm
St John’s Cathedral Mass Friday 22nd May 2015 11am
Hog Roast & Dinner Dance*: Marquee at St Jude’s 7.30pm 22nd May 2015 (18+)

*Tickets on sale from 17th November - available from:
St Jude’s School; Sacred Heart Office; St Anthony’s School; St Margaret Mary Office and Immaculate Conception Office.
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CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE CHRISTMAS TABLE-TOP SALE

in St Mary’s Hall, Mumby Rd, Gosport,
on Sat 13th December from 10am - 3pm.
Tables available (£5 small/£10 large).
To book a table please phone Sue on 01329 517245.
Tea, coffee, soup and rolls, as well as cakes will be on sale, and there will be a Raffle. Please support this event which will raise funds for the CWL and its charities.
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NOVEMBER is the month of the HOLY SOULS
‘In this month of the Holy Souls, I encourage you to increase your prayers for the holy souls – our family members, friends, and all those who have no one to pray for them. “When a man is dead, he can do nothing more for himself. ... But we can do something for the faithful departed in purgatory. Our love extends into the afterlife. Through our fasting, prayers, and good works, but especially through the celebration of Holy Eucharist, we can obtain grain for the departed” (YouCat 160).’
Bishop Philip
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Follow @BishopEgan & @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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(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