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Dear all, 

Welcome to our Portsmouth Diocese e-news! We are moving to a new means of electronic communication. This newsletter will be circulated on Tuesdays most weeks and will contain all the information normally sent weekly by email. I will continue to issue occasional ad clerum updates to our clergy. But this new newsletter will automatically go to priests, deacons, parish offices, curia, religious communities, and trustees. It is also possible for any parishioner in the diocese to sign up to receive it through the website. Below is a link to a short message for inclusion in parish newsletters. Parishes that sent out newsletters electronically may wish to invite their subscribers also to this e-news. I am grateful to Eddy Morton for designing these newsletters.


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Bishop Philip would like to take this opportunity to wish you a truly happy Easter. May the joy of the risen Lord fill you and strengthen you. We celebrated a wonderful Paschal Triduum here in the Cathedral, you can see a short video of this below.

Portsmouth People – Message from Fr Mark Hogan, Episcopal Vicar for Evangelisation

The diocese is currently engaging in an overhaul of its total communications package. We are, for example, planning to branch out more fully into digital media, offer media training, etc. Whilst we undertake this review, there will be a pause in production of Portsmouth People, before its re-launch in September of this year. Please bear with us as we move towards an even bigger and brighter communications offering.

A Reminder of Clergy Moves

These were announced to the clergy shortly before Easter. I envisage all moves to have taken place by 8th September. More moves will be announced shortly.
  • Fr Benjamin Theobald will become Assistant Priest at St Joseph’s, Basingstoke, with responsibilities as well in Holy Ghost, Basingstoke
  • Fr Thom Amungwa will be Parish Priest at Borden and Grayshott
  • Fr Bernadine Nsom will be Parish Priest at Charminster
  • Fr Tom Grufferty will be Parish Priest at Christchurch and Coordinating Pastor of the Avon Stour Pastoral Area. He will be taking a short sabbatical in the autumn before taking up this appointment
  • Fr Phillip Harris will be Parish Priest at Didcot and Wallingford
  • Fr Marcus Brisley will be Parish Priest at Havant
  • Fr Paul Obada will be Parish Priest at Highcliffe
  • Fr David Quarmby will be Chaplain to the Little Sisters of the Poor in Jersey
  • Fr John Lee will be Parish Priest at St Joseph’s, Maidenhead and Coordinating Pastor of Great Park Pastoral Area
  • Fr Stanislaw Gibzinski will be Parish Priest at North Hinksey
  • Canon Michael Dennehy will be Parish Priest of English Martyrs, Reading and Tilehurst
  • Fr George Lyons will be an Assistant Priest at English Martyrs, Reading and Tilehurst
  • Fr David O’Sullivan will be Parish Priest at St Swithun Wells
  • Fr George Ngwa will be Assistant Priest at St Swithun Wells
  • Fr John Chandler will be Associate Parish Priest at Stubbington
  • Mgr Tom McGrath will go to Winchester as Assistant Priest
  • Fr Simon Thomson will be Parish Priest at Yateley and Hartley Wintney
  • Canon John O’Shea will be Coordinating Pastor of the Reading Pastoral Area
See all the photos from St John's Cathedral Easter Triduum here...

Divine Mercy Sunday 

Last Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday, we saw the canonisations of two remarkable papal Saints – St John XXIII and St John Paul II. In a message last week, I invited parishes to offer Mass in thanksgiving for these two canonisations, and for vocations to the priesthood in our own diocese. I also asked people to tweet their favourite saying of each of the two Popes to me (@BishopEgan). Here is a selection of these tweets: 

@NET_DanDriver "Do not abandon yourself to despair. We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song" - St. John Paul II
@Emily_CBS To youth Pope John Paul II said: 'You are the future of the world, you are the hope of the Church, you are my hope'
@DomSrStJoseph My beloved, we are building the Church constantly with living stones year after year day after day #JPII
@ChallonerRE Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do. #StJohnXXIIIquote

@MJCTheGreat Every day I need you Lord but today especially I need some extra strength to face whatever is to come. - St John XXIII

Mass setting for Confirmation Masses

The Mass setting to be used for the Confirmation Masses is ‘The Mass of Blessed John Paul II’, by Edwin Fawcett. It can be listened to at www.edwinfawcett.com. It is a simple Mass setting to pick up, and the music ministry will lead the congregation in singing it at all Masses. 

This programme will run in our diocese in 2014-2015. The Called and Gifted programme is a 3 part discernment process intended to help Catholics discern their charisms. Read More

With an assurance of my prayers, 
In Corde Iesu

 Bishop of Portsmouth

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