The brand new diocesan magazine has arrived in our Parish this weekend and with it launches the online equivalent www.vivavoce.uk and the accompanying app, Viva Voce AR. An augmented reality app that literally brings the pages to life! It’s truly amazing! Viva Voce brings you high quality news from the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth. Explore how parishes and communities are innovating, discover what our amazing schools and youth are up to and find out about the culture of vocation we’re creating. “As the shepherd of theDiocese I wish to commitus all to “bringing peoplecloser to Jesus Christthrough his Church.” Bishop Philip. Bishop Philip’s Vision BeforeRead More →

Bishop Philip sends his blessing to us all for Easter. Father Paul and Father Chris also wish you all joy and abundant blessings for Easter and wish to thank everyone who has helped to make the Holy Week services complete: the altar servers, choir, church cleaners, Eucharistic Ministers, flower arrangers, greeters, readers, those who take care of the Altar and sacristy and anyone else who has contributed in any way. Thank you! Our candidates were also received into the Church at our Easter Vigil Mass: Brita Coleman, Laura Hutchinson, Nuriye Arslantas, Marcell Kozma and Jan Hughes. Congratulations to you all! A blessed and peaceful EasterRead More →

“Hello, my name is Charles and I’m going to speak about how the call from God grew to radically change my life.” Listen to the full story below or read the transcript that follows. Very moving stuff.. “I’ve always held the belief that there was something more to life than the physical” I grew up in a non religious family and never went to Church. The most exposure I had to Christ was at a church of England primary school as well as my grandparents who are Christian. I’ve always held the belief that there was something more to life than the physical, but IRead More →

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has designated 2020 as ‘The God Who Speaks’: A Year of the Word to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’, and the 1600th anniversary of death of St Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin. Therefore, 2020 will be a year of celebrating, living and sharing God’s word, through a range of events, activities and resources, available nationally and in our Diocese of Portsmouth. Where does the Bible fit into your daily life? Ahead of 2020 Year of the Word, we would like to hearRead More →

Father Paul invites us to “dig a little deeper” this Lent. Just as Jesus was tempted by the devil in the desert for 40 days – we too must look to Jesus for the areas of our lives that could use a little “spring cleaning“. Father reminded us of a wonderful quote from Pope Francis on Facebook that we could all strive for this Lent and beyond. In the words of Pope Francis Are you fasting this Lent? Let us know how in the comments…Read More →

At the heart of our Christian life is the understanding that each of us is called by God. We recall the words of Christ who said “You did not choose me, no I chose you”. Not only does Christ choose, he calls us and knows us by name. Both of these are encapsulated in the Rite of Election which is celebrated in Catholic cathedrals throughout our countries at the beginning of Lent each year. The Rite of Election is a significant step for those who want to be received into the Catholic Church – preparing to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the EucharistRead More →

Father Paul explains another important multi-layered Gospel this week from Luke that encourages us all to ask Jesus what we can do for him… This Gospel from Luke on the 5th Sunday of Ordinary time is pretty well known – how Jesus performs a miracle that allows Simon to catch an abundance of fish in a seemingly empty stretch of water. However, Father Paul explains that there’s far more to this story… Father Paul observes some extra layers in the Gospel that we can all relate to. 1) The first point that Father makes is that Jesus has arrived early in the morning when theRead More →

Taken from Father Paul’s Sermon Father Paul adds some extra layers to this weekend’s Gospel Story – the Wedding at Cana which is a part of the Rosary’s “Luminous Mysteries” or “Mysteries of Light” added to the Rosary by Pope John Paul II in 2002.Father makes a number of observations about this story (the full story is at the bottom for reference) but is the first public miracle of Jesus where he turns water into wine. 1) The first point that Father makes is that Jesus initially resists his Mother’s ask when she notices they’re low on wine for the wedding – “Woman, what concernRead More →

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For all our events please check our calendar. Here are our top picks coming soon… New events ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) On Saturday 27th April, 11.00am – 4.00pm, you are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/ afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focusing on the Power of Prayer.  Living Simply and in Solidarity with the Poor Do you want to put your faith into action? Do you want to be a parish that looks outwards and helps those in need? This joint conference from CAFOD and Caritas Diocese of Portsmouth will show you practical ways of doing exactly that. By learning moreRead More →