My dear sisters and brothers,
I’m sorry that I have not kept in touch with you all individually over the past few weeks but I hope you appreciate and understand that you have all constantly been in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you so much for your generosity and the kind wishes and cards etc. that you have kindly sent to Fr Gaston and me over this period. We are very humbled by your kindness and deeply appreciate your love, prayers and thoughtfulness at this time.
If you are in any need whatsoever please contact the parish office by phone or e-mail and I'll do my best to help.
Over these last few weeks we have been reflecting on Jesus’ resurrection and appearances to his disciples. Over these next couple of weeks we’ll be reflecting on how, after Jesus’ resurrection, His disciples were locked away in fear. No doubt, much of the time they spent behind those closed doors was in prayer and fasting. Suddenly, all their fear, uncertainty, suffering and grief turned to joy when Jesus appeared to them and said “Peace be with you” and breathed on them and said “Receive the Holy Spirit”.
Over the next couple of weeks let’s pray that Jesus’ peace will enter into us and our homes in a special way as we prepare to celebrate the birthday of the Church at Pentecost. If possible, please join us for our Live-streamed Mass each Sunday. Like the early disciples, let us never lose hope for we know that the Lord’s Spirit is always with us and always will be with us and for this reason we have no fear.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia. And may God Bless you all and your homes and your loved ones and keep you safe, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Until we meet again, Take care,
We are pleased to announce that we can now accept donations through our website. This significantly helps us as we are not receiving any funds from Mass collections at this time. Please consider donating to the Parish here on our website or by bank transfer instead of the usual collection, it really will make all the difference for the parish.DONATE NOW
Although we are only able to Stream here at St. Josephs on a Sunday morning, many other Churches across the diocese will be streaming daily Masses, our Bishop will be streaming Adoration, Morning Prayer, Benediction and Morning Mass in "Bishops Chapel" daily from his Chapel in Bishop's House. 08:30 Holy Mass
07:30 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament | 08:10 Morning Prayer & Benediction
Fr Mark Hogan will also be doing an Evening Mass at 7pm and Night Prayer at 9pmSt Peter's Winchester
It is important when a Catholic is admitted to hospital, the family ensure that the Catholic Chaplaincy is contacted so that appropriate support can be given. As access to the hospital may be restricted, it is suggested that the patient have a note to give to hospital staff on admission notifying staff that they are Catholic and would appreciate the Catholic chaplaincy service. This could be followed up by a telephone call from the family to the ward making the request.
Do look at the godwhospeaks/media page to listen to the first of the podcasts recorded in Basingstoke. A new one is released each week so keep going back to hear another testimony. Opening our Bible is something that we should all do so put some of your extra free time to good use!Listen Now
I am writing to explain about the new diocese Prayer and Listening Service that Bishop Philip asked me to set up for the period of the Coronavirus lockdown. Prayer and listening to God is a vital part of our everyday life, but sometimes it is difficult to pray when we are exhausted or in stressful situations or by ourselves. We felt that some people might find it helpful to have prayer with a trained Prayer Minister or to have that Minister listen to their story.
We wonder, please, whether you could advertise this on your website and any other active communication currently going on in the parish. If possible, please could this message go to any SVP or other care group who might know of people who would appreciate this Service. The diocese team are those who have experience in both praying with others and in spiritual listening. All of the volunteers have been trained for this Service and have been through the essential Safeguarding Training and other checks. The Service offers the following to anyone over the age of 18:-
• Key Workers – they can give us their name and we will pray for them and their work place daily by name
• Prayer Support – a trained Prayer Minister can pray with or for the person
• Spiritual Listening – a trained Prayer Minister can listen to their story
To access the Service, go to the Home page of the Diocesan website and beneath “Coronavirus” click on the Prayer Support box and the three prayer options will display i.e. Prayer Support, Key Workers and Spiritual Listening. People leave their name and phone number and preferred time of being called, and we ring them back within 24 hours. The same-sex team member will ring back, and calls are usually about 15 minutes. Here is the link https:/e/www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/prayer-support Many thanks and best wishes
These are some things to consider for when anxiety gets the better of us….I thought I would share with you these ways of managing it; especially at this difficult time fo our whole country and our world. We are reminded that prayer should be at the center of our faith. I also share some practial tips to manage the stress of our, now very different, lives for the forseeable future....Read more
Please pray for: All people who are suffering in any way as a result of the current pandemic and all those who care for them