The Diocesan (online) Symposium is on Politics & Religion and takes place on Sat 06 November.

Our two keynote speakers are Rt. Hon. Jacob Rees-Mogg & Rt. Hon. Ruth Kelly, & they will tackle the question: “Should Religion have a Role in Politics Today?” Besides the Keynotes, there is also be a choice of workshops on immigration, homelessness, diversity & being a Christian on the front line of politics, led by other informed & well-known personalities: Lord David Alton, Rt. Hon. Mark Hoban, Dr. Mary Sutton & George O’Neill of the Cardinal Hume Centre. Other workshops include climate change & this will be led by Dr Elizabeth Slinn, Visiting Fellow, University of Winchester, an active member of the St Peter & Winchester Martyrs parish in Hampshire & the Diocese of Portsmouth.

To Book:

Reader’s Workshops

Have you ever considered being a church reader or are you already reading at Mass, but missed out on the Diocesan training.

This December, our Readers Training Team will be offering online the two Readers Workshops:

• Workshop 1 (the Liturgy of the Word / Practical skills) on 4th December 10am – 1pm

• Workshop 2 (the Bible / Preparing a text) on 11th December 10am – 1pm

You can register for the workshops, knowing that you need to have attended workshop 1 and workshop 2 to obtain a diocesan recognitio. Please follow this link to the registration page


Sr Hyacinthe OP, Leader of our Formation for Mission Team shares news of an exciting new online course to support our Diocesan Year of the Eucharist beginning next month on Monday evenings…
In this Year of the Eucharist our Formation for Mission Team is delighted to offer an opportunity to share advice
and ideas on how to foster love for the Eucharist in our families.
We are offering 4 online sessions for parents, grandparents, catechists, teachers and everyone passionate about
passing on love for the Eucharist to our children, led by Sr Hyacinthe and Angela Wood, with practical advice, discussions, testimonies and prayer, finishing each session with a Adoration.
The sessions will run on Mondays evenings from 22nd November to 13th December at 7.00pm.
The sessions will be:

  1. Why the Eucharist is Important and how to pass on love of the Eucharist
  2. Going to Mass as a Family
  3. Making the Home a Place of Communion
  4. Taking and Making Opportunities to foster love for the Eucharist
    You can register for ‘Passing on love for the Eucharist to our children’ at


Divine Mercy chaplet followed by the Holy Rosary will take place in the Convent Chapel at 3pm on the first
Friday of the Month
. We will beseech God’s Blessing, for the Parishioners, their families and friends; and to ask for
God’s mercy for the whole world and the eradication of the COVID 19 crisis. The First Exposition of the Blessed
Sacrament will take place on Friday 5th November.

Everyone is welcome

Marriage Care

‘Are you a natural, empathic listener, looking for an opportunity to develop and use your skills to help couples in distress? Marriage Care in Reading is looking for volunteer counsellors. We will train you on our Certificate in Relationship Counselling (CRC) providing you with all the skills, knowledge and practical experience you need to start counselling couples safely and effectively. For the right candidate this will be a life-changing opportunity to train and volunteer within a supportive, nurturing and inspiring community and make the world of difference to couples and families.

For further details visit or contact Sue Cooper at 

Our Lady of Walsingham Shrine Visit – CANCELLED

We are planning a visit to Walsingham Shrine in Norfolk on Tuesday 26th October 2021 for the day. We will travel in a 15 seater mini bus with 2 drivers who are doubly jabbed and will be wearing masks.

Cost £90.00 per person. 6am start from Scared Heart Church car park, Hook.
There will be a one stop en route.
Cut off date for booking: Wednesday 13th October 2021.

Please call Anne da Silva on 07826 727469 or e-mail to

More information on their website.

We welcome you to join us for this face-to-face course, to find out more about some of our Saints. We will enjoy a
‘cuppa’ and cake (or savoury snacks) while we learn more about some of our well-known and less well-known Saints. Sessions will include a video and friendly discussions. (We may sit outside for our early autumn discussions, if the weather is kind to us, or in the hall when it’s chilly!) Course starts: Thursday 16th September , from 10am –
Course ends: Thursday 18th November (10 weeks). Brief summary: The course comprises 6 sessions on some well-known traditional Saints, followed by 4 weeks of some of our more modern saints.

Next Session : Thursday 4th November, from 10am – 11.30am where we will study Saint Faustina.

Saints include: St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Catherine of Sienna, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Patrick,
St. Benedict Modern saints will include St. Teresa of Calcutta, Pope St. John Paul II, St. John Henry Newman, St. Faustina Kowalska, Blessed Carlo Acutis and others

Please don’t be put off signing up if you can’t make all the
sessions! To sign up, please email Jan in the Parish Office:

We look forward to seeing you!
(Theresa & Shanthi)

Virtual Pilgrimage

Fr Tom Grufferty invites you to join him on a Virtual Pilgrimage to the Holy Land at 7.30pm on Monday evenings from 6th September to 1st November. There are nine sessions and there will be a different presenter for each one. Each session will last for about 40 minutes.
There is no need to book, just click this link at 7.20pm on Monday 6th September and follow the instructions.

COP26 Climate Change

Sheila Wade, Interim Head of Charity – Caritas, shares news of what has been happening in the diocese in
preparation for the forthcoming COP26 Climate Change conference and invites you to to offerings of a Climate
Film Show and Discussion Café being held on Thursday 4th and Thursday 11th November…
As we all know COP26, the UN conference on Climate Change is being held in Glasgow this year between 31st
October and 12th November, under the presidency of the United Kingdom. Portsmouth Diocese has been
preparing for this conference and our role in action to halt and reverse climate change for some time. Prayer
events, vigils and other events are all planned in our parishes and/or have taken place.
In Portsmouth itself, the Diocese is active in the Portsmouth Ecumenical Christian Climate Action Group and we
are taking part in the Climate Event in Portsmouth planned to coincide with COP26.

Our part in all this in Portsmouth is hosting a from 6pm in the Cathedral Discovery Centre, Bishop Crispian Way, Portsmouth PO1 3QA on Thursday 4th and Thursday 11th November. Please come along; tickets are free. To book, visit the Diocesan website:

Sunday 31 October: the Eve of COP26
Bp Philip wishes to encourage us all to hold an Hour of Prayer on Sun 31 Oct (or Sat 30) just before the beginning
of COP26.

Charles de Foucauld

We recently restarted our Fraternity of blessed Charles de Foucauld in our parish. We get together once a month
for couple of hours at convenient day and time for all. We start with the exposition of the blessed sacrament in
the church. We also read the Sunday’s gospel reading and contemplate on the reading and share our views. We
also discuss the life and writings of blessed Charles de Foucauld. The next meeting is on Monday 1st November
at 2.30pm, in the Church.
Everyone is welcome to join us.

Mary, Mother of Christ Devotion

Within the experience of the Church, Saturday, has been marked out as a unique day to reflect on Mary’s role within God’s plan of salvation. Join the community in a Holy Hour dedicated to praying the rosary and reflecting on various aspects of Mary’s mystery with this plan of salvation. Each Saturday will draw on the experience of the Carmelite community as we provide a special moment to encourage thought on the Church’s devotion to Mary. 
The series will run here and on YouTube 14:00-15:00pm 8th-29th May.

Essential Training for Catechists – April 19th

Sr Hyacinthe will be running the popular Essential Training for Catechists in 5 weekly sessions on Monday evenings, starting on Monday 19th April at 7.00 pm via Zoom.
It is open to everyone who seeks to understand how to proclaim the faith more effectively to children, young people and adults. The session are run over 5 weeks and a diocesan certificate is awarded upon completion of all the sessions. For further details and to
register please click the button.

ADoRE Online – April 24th

This is a spiritual mini-retreat on April 24th, 10.00-13.00 with Mass, Adoration, Reflection, Praise, Talk, Prayer and Discussion. The theme will be: “Receiving God’s Gift” – to receive new life you must turn away from those things which block your relationship with God and accept Jesus as your Lord. Speaker: Peter Hobbs.
Please register in advance :-

ADoRE is offering confidential prayer for healing by telephone – call 07579 824523 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Experienced prayer ministers will pray with you confidentially for your needs.

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