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SUNDAY THOUGHT: 1st March 2015
Second Sunday of Lent (Year B)

As we continue our pilgrimage through Lent, we look within ourselves for the strength we need to follow the way of the cross. Keeping our promises and deepening prayer. We need a reminder of God's love in our moments of doubt. Sometimes we lose the ones we love, sometimes we find ourselves lost, unsure of our next move in life. Perhaps our plans do not go as we wish. Our faith tells us that we should rely on God’s Providence, on Christian hope.
On Mount Tabor Jesus shows us His true identity. It was a wonderful experience for the three apostles who witnessed the transfiguration of Christ. Nevertheless we know that the faith of each of the disciples was put to the test before crucifixion of the Lord. Whenever we experience something that undermines our faith we need more grace to strengthen us. Could it be that in facing dark times, with God on our side, we become more whole? We have a choice: to be alone and embittered, or to walk with Him and hear that voice of encouragement, the voice that transfigures, calls us to be more than we are already; the voice that calls us His beloved.
Today’s Gospel of the Transfiguration reminds us that in Jesus we have a mighty intercessor with the Father and He can help us to remain on our Lenten journey which leads us to the glory of Easter Sunday.
Jesus is comforted by a voice of assurance, as we hear in the Gospel, a voice of love that tells Him He is beloved by His Father. This is a moment of truth, a moment of transfiguration. This gives Him the strength he needs to continue a journey that will lead to the cross. In our own lives too, we need to know the love God has for us, His saving grace through Jesus, the Son of God, the beloved. We need to be reminded that we have been created by Him and chosen in love. We know that God the Father has given us His Son that we might be free. However when we doubt that He equal to God the Father, ‘consubstantial’ reflecting on The Transfiguration indemnify us and help us to stay on the road to salvation.
When we face problems which discourage us, when things are difficult, when the haul seems very long, we too need a vision, a glimpse of the glory to which we are called. I believe that if we reflect on our lives, and if we are trying to live lives of quality, then our ‘Tabors’ will be granted to us. A problem which at ground floor level seems as large as an elephant, at the top of Mount Tabor will seem no bigger than an ant.
Fr Joe Gruszkiewicz
Friday 6th March
This year the service has been prepared by Christian women
of the Bahamas on the Theme: Jesus said to them:
“Do you know what I have done to you?”
There will be services throughout the local area – this service is
interdenominational and is open to all.
*It is called Women’s World Day of Prayer because it is prepared
by women but is not exclusive to women






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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Proclaim '15 is a nationwide evangelisation initiative launched by the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, aimed at supporting, inspiring and encouraging new expressions of parish evangelisation. It is designed to affirm the good work already being done by the Catholic community and is providing resources and events to profile and develop new expressions of Catholic joy and missionary outreach. It therefore ties in very well with our desire here in the Diocese of Portsmouth to “Share the Joy of the Gospel” and, as the initiative aims to support us who are working on the ground in parishes, I can readily recommend it to you. Bishop Philip
For more details: http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/Home/Special-Events/Proclaim-15-Building-Missionary-Parishes
Do you love Christ and his Church?
Do you have a passion for others to come to know Jesus? Do you have basic skills in organisation, collaboration and communication?
Are you keen to find new and creative ways to help others discover Christ and build a relationship with him?
You could be just the person we need for our Pastoral Area’s Evangelisation Strategy Team! The commitment would be one meeting a term, in addition to assisting with simple, realistic evangelistic projects. To find out more, go to www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/evangelisation-teams
If you feel God might be calling you to join the team, please contact Fr John Cooke.

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.

CAFOD & UK Aid Match Funding - Good news!
The UK government has promised to match every pound and penny you give to CAFOD’s Lenten appeal (from 18 Feb – 17 May) up to the value of £5M. Your donations can be used to help more of our sisters and brothers deal with the devastating impact of extreme weather such as storms, droughts & floods. Thank you for your generous compassion for those living in poverty and for fasting in solidarity with them on Lent Fast Day (Friday 27 February 2015
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 now - available from: St Jude’s School; Sacred Heart Office; St Anthony’s School; St Margaret Mary Office and Immaculate Conception Office.
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).
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