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Below are our top events coming soon with more on the way so please check back regularly…
DIOCESAN FORMATION FOR MISSION
- Communication Course: ‘Sending word, sharing the Word’: 3 online sessions to help you communicate with confidence today and every day. From parish newsletters to the pulpit, this course will give you the ability to communicate with confidence. Our communications expert will show you tools and techniques that are easy to learn and practical to use. Here are the details:
- if you’re looking for a focus for Lent, the Dominican Sisters are running 6 online sessions explaining the sacrament of Reconciliation to adults through scripture and art, which will also serve as a Lenten retreat, every Tuesday evening during Lent. The details are here:
- Finally, to mark the 60th anniversary of Vatican II Council, the Dominican Sisters are launching a new monthly course to introduce the Council documents in a simple way, for everyone:
All our courses are free. Donations are welcome! To find out more about everything we’re currently offering click here: https://www.lightoftruth.uk/join
Wishing you every blessing, Sr Hyacinthe
CAFOD Christian Aid Walk – Friday 21 April @ 11.15am
Please join CAFOD and Christian Aid on Friday 21st April at 11:15am at St Johns Church Waterloo to pray for leaders to take the action we need to tackle the climate emergency and declare we have no faith in fossil fuels. After the service you can join us we walk together on a short pilgrimage to Parliament. When we reach Westminster, we can join thousands of other people calling for fossil fuels to be consigned to history. Please register here No faith in fossil fuels: Service and pilgrimage to Parliament (cafod.org.uk)
Wild Goose Series
The Wild Goose series is truly a work of the Holy Spirit. “Wild Goose” was a term that the ancient Celts had for the Holy Spirit. Join Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR in this incredible 14-part video series which is awakening God’s love and transforming power in the hearts of all who participate. Discover the Holy Spirit who has been revealed to us by Jesus Christ and who leads us to our heavenly Father. This adventure consists of Fr. Dave speaking on an attribute of the Holy Spirit, a practical application on how to respond to the Holy Spirit, and testimonies of people from across the country whose lives have been impacted by the Spirit of God. Shot in various locations from Niagara Falls to the California desert, The Wild Goose invites you to an encounter, or a renewed encounter, with the Holy
Spirit! The course will be run online via Zoom from 7:30pm to 8:30pm – starting on Monday 6th February with breaks in-between for half-terms and bank holidays.
Each session will include small group discussions and thought-provoking insights to strengthen our
relationship with the Holy Spirit. Join us on this
unforgettable journey! For a trailer, course details, dates, and information on how to register follow this link: https://bit.ly/TheWildGooseCourse alternatively you can contact Joan Kent at email@example.com
PORTSMOUTH DIOCESAN “DON BOSCO” BOYS CAMP – 23 to 29 July 2023
We are delighted that camp will be going ahead again this summer for boys of secondary school age at
St. Cassian’s, Kintbury. There will be plenty of sport, outings, competitions and fun and games to ensure that boys will have a fantastic few days. This will continue to take place within the context of the celebration of the Catholic Faith, including daily Mass and morning prayer. The cost of the camp is £230 (part bursaries may be available on application).
To find out more or to reserve a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADoRE Online spiritual mini-retreat morning
ADoRE Online spiritual mini-retreat morning 25 March
10.00-1.00 “I AM THE VINE, YOU ARE THE BRANCHES” –
Going deeper with Jesus. Guest speaker is Jenny Baker,
National Lead of Celebrate Trust. . Please register for
the Zoom meeting in advance at bit.ly/
Lenten Lunch and Stations of the Cross
Would you like to start your Lenten Journey with a weekly Lenten Lunch and Stations of the Cross?
Please join us on Friday 24th February and Friday 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st March in the Church at 12 noon for Stations of the Cross and then in the hall fora simple Lunch.
There is an optional lunch donation with proceeds going to CAFOD. Please come
On Saturday 4th March 2023, Bishop Philip will be attending the largest youth gathering of Catholics in
England and Wales – Flame. If you are in Year 9 or above, at College, or Uni, or a young adult in our Diocese and would like to attend, tickets are now on sale at the early bird price of £24. These should be purchased through the Diocese via the Parish or by contacting email@example.com
Charism Workshops – Called and Gifted
Have you been through the Called and Gifted discernment process and found discerning your charisms difficult?
Perhaps you’ve reached a certain point and found it difficult to go deeper or reach a conclusion. Or perhaps you’re confident that you’ve discerned your charisms but have struggled to identify ways to use them? This is not uncommon! So the Called and Gifted team in Portsmouth Diocese are offering two workshops on discerning and using charisms.
Pastoral charisms (Encouragement, Helps, Hospitality, Mercy and Pastoring), Tuesday 7 March 7:30-9:00 – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pastoral-charism-workshops-tickets-519772602847
Organisational charisms (Administration, Leadership and Service), Thursday 16 March 7:30-9:00
In addition, we hope to offer workshops on other charism groups in due course. The facilitators for each workshop will be Called and Gifted team members who have discerned the charisms being discussed.
In order to book a place on a workshop, you can book by clicking the links on the table above or please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the following:
Name, Parish/location, Date/venue attended C&G teaching day OR date completed online videos,
Which Workshop booking for, Charism(s) you want to explore further, Questions/issues you’d like to be addressed at the workshop.
Bookings will be on a first come, first served basis, so please respond promptly if you’re keen to attend.
Ananias and the Intercession Team
|Liza Nahajski, Leader of our Ananias and Intercession (Pre-Discipleship) Team tells us about a new Zoom
series on Monday evenings starting on Monday 13th March…
Whatever your involvement in the life of the Church or with family or friends who are drifting towards or away from the church, you will almost certainly be having spiritual conversations from time to time. Ananias training helps develop an understanding of the spiritual journey and how generous listening, with greater awareness of another person’s unique journey, can open people to growth.
We will be offering sessions on Zoom on Monday evenings 7-9pm, starting on Monday 13th March. If
you would like to know more, reserve a place or if you would like to organise sessions for a group in your
parish contact email@example.com. Please visit our Journey Together webpage.
World Day of Prayer
“I HAVE HEARD ABOUT YOUR FAITH”
Our local service will be held in Rotherwick Village
Church on Friday 3rd March at 2 pm with refreshments
All are we
ALTON DAY OF RENEWAL
ADoRE will be holding its Online Christmas Worship on Saturday 17th December 11.00am-12 Noon: “O come, let us ADoRE Him.” In a one-hour programme of seasonal Scripture readings, prayers, and carols, we remind ourselves that GOD IS WITH US to support us in every aspect of our lives. (NB No Mass this month) No need to register, just log in to Zoom by going to bit.ly/ADOREDEC2022 and using the passcode 171602.
Lenten Retreat from Redemptorist Publications
The Lenten Journey by Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R. 6 Week Retreat. Following Fr Denis’s book Journeying with Jesus: A Companion’s Guide the Lenten retreat takes you through a journey with Jesus from the wilderness to the cross. The planned journey for the six weeks is as follows:
1) In the wilderness; 2) At the well; 3) On the mountain; 4) Along the road; 5) At table; 6) On the cross
The goal of the Lenten retreat is to promote a conversation between Jesus’ story and your own.
Although you don’t need the book to follow the retreat, it will prove very useful to have alongside you as a full resource. – Fr Denis
And for Children of Primary School age: Celebrate: RP Kid’s Zone
A weekly video of the week’s Gospel reading, a reflection and a final prayer. Children’s Liturgy with the Sisters of St Joseph’s. Fun, engaging and practical worksheets/ resources
will also be provided to help children continue to practice their faith during this season.
CHILDRENS ADVENT WORKSHOP
SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER 2022 11:00am – 12.30pm
We will be running a Childrens Advent Workshop on 4th December, after Mass, in the church and all children are warmly welcome!
We will be exploring the Nativity story, making our own Nativity set, and , in particular, learning about Angels and Stars.
We are also delighted to provide pizzas , care of a very generous benefactor!
Please sign up on the sheet in the entrance of the church, or alternatively please let Jan know on
firstname.lastname@example.org. Also please indicate if your child has any allergies in terms of the pizzas – thank you.
Retrouvaille: A Programme for Couples Struggling in their
Help Your Marriage – Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated
or angry with each other? Do you argue … or have you just
stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse?
Retrouvaille is a programme to support couples who have difficulties in their marriage. It brings a positive focus, new hope and helps nourish and grow your marriage. Tens of thousands of couples headed for divorce have successfully saved their marriages by attending and using the tools provided. The programme helps spouses uncover or re-awaken the love, trust and commitment that originally
brought them together. It helps them through difficult times whether they are disillusioned or in deep misery. There is no group therapy or group work. For confidential information about ‘Retrouvaille’ or to register for the next programme commencing with a Virtual weekend on 13 – 16 October
2022 or a Face to Face weekend in Welwyn Garden City on
24 – 26 February 2023, call or text 07887 296983 or 07973
380443 or email email@example.com – or visit
What is the Catholic Church all about? What does it mean to be Catholic? What do Catholics actually believe?
The Catholic Church is extraordinary. Founded by Christ himself, the Catholic Church is where we encounter God in his Word, his sacraments, and his saints. The Church faithfully proclaims the fullness of faith, leaving no truth out. It proclaims the fullness of life, leaving no person out. It calls all to repent and to believe in God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the source of all life and salvation.
Maybe you’ve been Catholic your entire life. Maybe you’re just beginning to explore the Catholic Faith. Wherever you may be in your journey, you will be profoundly moved by the beauty and the richness of the Catholic Church.
We invite you to journey with us and be inspired by a new perspective on our Catholic faith. Please contact Joan Kent at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the attached form to register.
https://forms.gle/453shfdXXmg7kVrc6 . You can see a short trailer here:
FAITH SHARING PRAYER MEETING
First Tuesday of the month
Next meeting—Tuesday 2nd August 2022
10:30am in the tea room
DIOCESAN DAY FOR CATECHISTS
The Formation for Mission Team are inviting all catechists,
seasoned and new, and all children’s Liturgy leaders and
helpers to attend our Diocesan Day for Catechists, which will
be taking place in Winchester on Saturday 8th October. All
details and registration here: https://www.pffm.org.uk/
Cake and Plant Sale Fundraiser – This weekend!
We will be holding a cake and plant sale after Mass on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July in aid of Lhaova Orphanage.
Donations of cakes and plants still welcome.
Keep planting and baking for the Orphanage!
You can also donate here!
Hook Village Show – SHARE Event – 3rd July 2022
SHARE – Volunteers needed
Our SHARE / Caritas/Cafod team are going to have a stand at the Hook Village Show on Sunday 3rd July 2022 and we are looking for volunteers to help run the stall with us. You just need to be enthusiastic about our beautiful planet !
If you are available, please contact Maggie, Gill or Jan at the Parish Office for more information.
SHARE – Plant exchange /donations needed
In talking with members of other parishes in our diocese, there has been very successful exchanges of plants after Mass, and we would very much like to encourage this as part of the Hook Village Show on 3rd July 2022. So please see what you already have growing in your garden, and what you could get growing in the next five weeks and then bring these along to the Show and exchange for other plants!
If you need seeds please let Jan know in the Parish Office. Thank you.
Maryfield Convent -FAITH SHARING PRAYER MEETING
First Tuesday of the month Next meeting—Tuesday 5th July 2022 10:30am in the tea room
Pilgrimage to Walsingham
On Saturday 6th August, Margaret and Christopher Langley, the organisers, have asked Bishop Philip Egan to lead the annual Pilgrimage of Reparation and Prayer for the Sanctity of Life to Walsingham. Many brother bishops have led this pilgrimage over the last years and so this year he especially wish to encourage as many of you as possible to join him. A good number of pilgrims managed to attend last year’s event, when restrictions were still in place, and many joined online. They hope that now with greater freedoms in place, people will take the opportunity to join – and those unable to attend in person will join
online. The cause for life is continually under attack in our society, with so-called DIY abortions, attempts to introduce euthanasia and assisted suicide and plans to restrict further the freedom to speak and witness to life. So this is a good intention to put before the Blessed Mother in Walsingham
FANNING THE FLAME 2022
Sr Veronica OP invites young people aged 11-21 to this year’s Fanning the Flame camp which will take place again at the Priory in Sway from Monday 15th – Friday 19th August.
At this year’s camp we will be looking at some of the incredible miracles performed by Jesus Christ, what they reveal to us of Himself, the Word Incarnate, and how we may have new life in Him through the celebration of the Sacraments.
This Catholic camp is a gathering of about 100 young people, who come together to re-connect with old friends and make new ones, to learn more about our loving God and deepen their relationship with Him. It doesn’t matter where you are in your relationship with Christ, you are welcome to come and be drawn deeper! Ask questions, spend time with our Lord, receive the Sacraments, have a lot of silly fun, and be renewed in your life and faith!
The camp is run by The Dominican Sisters of St. Joseph and an experienced team of volunteers who have been running FTF. More details here: https://www.fanningtheflame.co.uk/summer-camp
THE UNION OF CATHOLIC MOTHERS
We are pleased to announce that the Union of Catholic Mothers is coming to the Sacred Heart Parish, for more information please talk to Anne and Shanthi.
Enrolment is taking place during the masses on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June and if you would like to join/be included then to let Anne or Shanthi know.
Who We Are
The Union of Catholic Mothers (The UCM) is a national organization of Catholic women, open to all women who support our aims and objectives in “prayer, love and active witness to marriage, family and Christian life in the world” (from our membership prayer).
Members meet regularly in their parish foundations and support parish activities, organise social events, and often have speakers or activities at their meetings. Members then join with other parish foundations within their diocese at Diocesan meetings. Diocesan officers come together twice yearly at National meetings.
What We Do
Throughout its 100 year history the UCM has been involved with current affairs, particularly those that have an impact on the family and family life. The National Committee ensures that members are kept informed about parliamentary activity and encourages members to exert pressure on their MPs and MEPs on matters concerning family. We hold Diocesan and National Study Days, with respected and inspiring speakers giving insight into current Issues such as health , human trafficking, justice and peace, media and the development of our Faith. The members of the UCM have been called to serve and share responsibility for the Church’s mission and the need for the work of the UCM is vitally important in an increasingly secular world.
Aims & Objectives
1. To help Catholic married women to appreciate the Sacramental character, responsibilities and permanence of marriage and to live in unselfish love observing the laws of God and His Church.
2. To assist them to bring up their children as practicing Catholics and public-spirited citizens.
3. To teach and defend Christian values in family life and to ensure for their children Catholic education.
4. To offer love, sympathy and practical help to the family in difficulty.
5. To foster vocations in life especially in Christian marriage and family life and in the priesthood and religious life.
There is a Daily Mass Scheme which ensures a continuous circle of prayer for the work of UCM. Parish groups take their turn to attend Mass on an appointed day to pray for the needs of all the members. The Annual National UCM Pilgrimage is the highlight of our year, when on the first Tuesday in July members meet at the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham in Norfolk to pray for peace. Our Patron Saints include Our Lady of Walsingham, St Margaret Clitherow and St. Joseph.
We Are Affiliated to…..
World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations
National Board of Catholic Women
National Council of Women
Pro Life Groups
Justice and Peace
NCLA And many others ….
Online Workshops for readers with 1:1 practice
Our Team is currently offering a couple of online workshops for parish readers. Workshop 1 offers a general and brief introduction to the Liturgy of the Church and a more specific overview of the Liturgy of the Word at Mass, as well as an overview of the practical skills required for reading in church. Workshop 2 offers a general introduction to the Bible and a group study of a specific reading, using the 4 senses of Scripture, to equip parish readers so as to prepare and understand the depth of the texts they read. A diocesan certificate is awarded on completion of the two workshops and of a reading practice with a diocesan listener.
The workshops will take place on Saturdays 18th and 25th June, from 10am to 1pm.
Find out more details and register here: https://www.pffm.org.uk/readers
WINTERSHALL – LIFE OF CHRIST : 21 – 25th June 2022
Starting 21st June, watch as hundreds of actors bring the story of Jesus to life in an open-air epic production set in stunning Surrey countryside.
The greatest story of all time is movingly recreated with authentic detail, outstanding quality sound and music. The Life of Christ is a passion play not to be missed. It is both educational and entertaining, amusing and serious.
Young and old from all walks of life will be mesmerised as the story unfolds across three captivating acts from 10am to 3.30pm.
THIS IS MY BODY
We would like to invite you to join us for this inspiring course designed to inform, inspire and raise
prayerful discussion about the great gift of the Mass.
Thursdays 10.30am – 12 noon or
Thursdays 6pm – 7.30pm
4 sessions left: 19th May, 9th June, 30th June & 7th July.
There will be no sessions on the following dates:
Thursday 26th May – Holy Day of Obligation, ASCENSION DAY, Mass 10am & 6pm
Thursday 2nd June – as it is Spring Bank Holiday
Thursday 16th June – due to holiday
Thursday 23rd June – Wintershall Life of Christ play (if we would like to go?)
Course on The Mass and The Eucharist
We would like to invite you to join us for this inspiring course designed to inform, inspire and raise prayerful discussion about the great gift of the Mass.
- The Mass: Meditation Part 1
- The Mass: Meditation Part 2
- What is the Mass? by Marcellino D’Ambrosio
- Eucharistic Amazement by Fr Stan Fortuna
- How to Get More Out of the Mass by Marcellino D’Ambrosio
- The Eucharist Makes Us Holy by Fr Raniero Cantalamessa
- Knowing God’s Help by David Payne
Thursday 10.30am – 12 noon
Thursday 6pm – 7.30pm
4 sessions left: 19th May, 9th June, 30th June & 7th July
- Please register your interest with the Parish Office
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE 2022
Our Diocese of Portsmouth Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place from 18th to 22nd July 2022.
Bishop Philip is now very pleased to be able to invite you once again to join him and many others from across the Diocese on this pilgrimage. We will be leaving from Bournemouth airport. Once in Lourdes we will stay at the Hotel La Solitude, celebrate Mass daily and take part in all that Lourdes has to offer. If you would like to know more about joining him either a a pilgrim or as a youth pilgrim, serving our pilgrims and helping to make our pilgrimage a success, please email email@example.com
7-9th OCT 2022 YOUNG CATHOLIC ADULTS (YCA) WEEKEND
The Communion of Saints’ prayer & the veneration of Holy Relics” During the weekend of the 7th-9th October 2022, Young Catholic Adults will be running a retreat at Douai Abbey; there will be two talks – Rachael Mackenzie from “Rachael’s Vineyard” will be telling her conversion story (Sat) and Fr. Glaysher will be talking about the Communion of Saints’ prayer and the veneration of Holy Relics (Sun). YCA
will be running the weekend with the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge who will be holding Gregorian Chant workshops. There will also be a Marian Procession, Rosaries, Sung Masses, Confession, talks (and socials). It’s possible to stay the whole weekend (full board) or to come for the day (bring a packed lunch). Please note to guarantee your place Douai Abbey have requested that everyone books in 3 weeks before the start of the weekend (16th September 2022). For
More information: http://www.youngcatholicadults.co.uk To
book go to :