Another name for Vocations Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday. Today the Church asks us to pray and encourage vocations to the Consecrated Life – priesthood, diaconate and various orders of monks and sisters/nuns.
Yes prayer is important, especially the Eucharist and the regular adoration offered by the churches in this pastoral area; but what about encouragement?
Whether we are parents or grandparents, single, widows/ers, workers, politicians or pastors we are called to leadership modelled on Christ. With courage, compassion and by listening to the voice of the Father, we can try to bring our children, friends and flock to God's vision of life and to what He wants us to be. We, who are parents can involve our children in daily prayer, frequent attendance at Mass (all by our own example and not by coercion) and, when they are of the right age, encourage them to be servers/acolytes at Mass. This is the spring board for children to develop a relationship with Christ and hopefully for some a vocation towards the religious life. Every child should be encouraged to bear spiritual fruits.
We might ask ourselves – How do we show ‘Christ Risen’ in the way we lead our life? In the language we use; the attitudes we convey; the judgements that we make; the help we give others; the regard (or disregard) we show to our families and to others…. by taking time to know others as individuals, becoming familiar with their thinking, their attitudes to Jesus, and perhaps in their deep struggles, being willing and ready to encourage them. Take on the role of the Good Shepherd amongst your family, circle of friends, acquaintances and certainly among members of the community in your church.
Many feel fleeced of their baptismal voice on important matters of life and are left out while wandering about as sheep trying to find a shepherd and new pastures. There is a longing for guidance and direction amidst the difficulties of our time in this secular, materialistic, technological, scientific and modernistic world of today.
Ultimately we must rely on the Holy Spirit through the power of Jesus who feeds us with the food of the Eucharist and the power of the Resurrection. This will enable us to have life and have it in abundance, hopefully encouraging some towards the religious life and others to a deeper life within the church.
We might experience fleecing ourselves and take ‘other’ paths but we must remember that Jesus, the good Shepherd is always there leading his flock.
Listen to his voice he is always calling to us.

Deacon Langford Vincent
CATHOLIC WOMEN'S LEAGUE [CWL] The next Meeting will be on Wednesday 6th May 2pm in Maryhouse, High St, Gosport. All ladies of the Our Lady Star of the Sea, Fareham & Gosport, Parish are very welcome to come along. Refreshments are served. Members please bring a friend. Details Secretary Marguerite Boulter: 01489 575663.
Tuesday 12 May, 7.30pm
Fr Pinsent, formerly particle physicist at CERN and current Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, Oxford University, will speak on "Can we have dignity in medicine without faith – and, if so, how?” Discovery Centre Hall, St John's Cathedral, Portsmouth.

For information about this, and many more upcoming events, see the diocesan website here:

FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTIONS: 1st May [9am to noon]
Sacred Heart, Fareham. Sacrament of Reconciliation after Mass; Ministry of healing is available with anointing and blessing by Father Joe. All are welcome.

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS: 2nd May [9.30am - 1 pm] St Mary's, Gosport. Ministry of healing is available from after Mass until 12.00 noon when Father Peter will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
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
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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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.
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

Anchor for 4th Sunday of Easter

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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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