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NIGHTFEVER will next be in and around St Mary’s Church, Gosport,
on Saturday 25th October 2014 7.30pm - 10.30pm

SUNDAY THOUGHT:
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time 26th October 2014

"On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.”

When we look at the Ten Commandments we notice that the first three are concerned with loving and serving God. We then notice that the last six Commandments focus on our relationships with other people; how we allow our relationship with God to affect our relationship with our neighbour.
But three and six only make nine! I want to think today about the missing fourth Commandment: honouring our father and mother.
In between our love of God and love of Neighbour is a very important relationship; the relationship we share with our parents.
Parents (and grandparents!) play a crucial role in the formation of their children.
Much of our own personal ‘worldview’ has been learnt from our parents; our social skills and the way we interact with other people are affected by our parents’ example; our ambitions and interests are often effected by our parents too.
It is so important that parents introduce their children to God before introducing them to their neighbour however! God needs to be a natural and normal part of our family life. Parents must share their own faith and their own love of God with their children so that their children may love God and their neighbour, as each of us is Commanded to do.
Let’s say a prayer for all parents today: Grandparents and Godparents too, that they will play their part in helping future generations to love God above all things and our neighbour as our self.
Fr John Chandler
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Pope Francis@Pontifex: If faith is to be strong and healthy, it must be constantly nourished by the Word of God.
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FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS: in St Mary’s Church, Gosport on Saturday 1st November from 9.30am until 1pm. Mass will be at 9.30am followed by Adoration, Rosary, Meditation, Healing Prayer and Confession. All are welcome.
FR PETER’S PRAYER GROUP: will meet in St Paul’s, Paulsgrove, on Thursday 6th November at 7.30pm. Early arrivals are invited to pray the Rosary (from 7pm).
FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTIONS: in Sacred Heart Church, Fareham on Friday 7th November starting with Rosary at 9am, Mass at 9.30am and then Adoration, Meditation and Confession. All are welcome.
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Please take home your copy of the Portsmouth People, your free prayer card for the Year of Prayer and a copy of the Rosary CD – if there is someone living near you, who is housebound, could you deliver one to them?

The Bishop’s Pastoral Letter, “THE BLESSED MOTHER - SHARING THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL”, is available on the Portsmouth diocese website as a Video and in text version please follow this link . Some copies will be available to take home. www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

This week, Bishop Philip is encouraging us to like the diocesan Facebook page, if you haven't done so already, (Diocese of Portsmouth) and to follow the diocese on Twitter. You could invite others to do the same!
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St Mary’s Kerala Catholic Community will celebrate the end of Rosary Month with Mass in Immaculate Conception Church, Stubbington at 4pm. This will be in Malayalam and is open to everyone, as is the Agape after Mass.
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Please note: This year the Feast of ALL SAINTS moves to Sunday 2nd November and ALL SOULS moves to Monday 3rd November (see next week for extra Masses).

November is the month of the Holy Souls

Next Sunday is also BAMENDA SUNDAY – more information next week.
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ST JUDE’S SCHOOL 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Opened on 4th May 1965, there will be a series of events arranged to mark the Golden Jubilee and parishioners will be most welcome to attend –
School Open Day 1.30pm to 6pm Tuesday 5th May 2015
Mass at St John’s Cathedral 11am Friday 22nd May 2015
Hog Roast and Dinner dance: Marquee at St Jude’s 7.30pm 22nd May 2015 (18+) (Tickets will be sold for the Hog Roast in due course).
We have a dedicated Facebook page: ‘St Jude’s Catholic Primary School 50th Anniversary’ where you can find more information about our planned events.
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DISCOVERING PRIESTHOOD DAY
For those discerning their vocation to the priesthood 1st November 2014, 10am - 5pm at St John's Seminary, Wonersh. Lunch will be provided. Contact: Fr. John Chandler: jchandler@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk.
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Follow @BishopEgan & @PortsmouthRC on Twitter
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RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA) 2014/2015 Journey in Faith
Do you want to learn about the Catholic faith?
Is your spouse a Catholic but you aren’t?
Have you been attending Mass but never got round to being
received into the Catholic Church?
Do you feel called to become a Catholic?
If your answer to any of these questions is, ‘Yes’, then please contact the RCIA Co-ordinator, Lynne Wall: 02392 503894
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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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Keep up to date with what’s happening in the diocese. The diocesan e-news comes out once a week: latest events, photos, videos. www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk
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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