The Messenger 12th July 2024

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Mass Times

Saturday 13th July

10:00am – St Joseph’s – Mass

6:00pm – OLSS – Mass

Sunday 14th July

8:00am – St Josephs – Mass

10:30am – St Josephs – Mass

6:00pm – Notre Dame – Mass

Monday 15th July – St Swithun, Bishop, memorial

11:30am – OLSS – Mass

Tuesday 16th July

7:30am – St Josephs – Mass

Wednesday 17th July – St Bonaventure, Religious, Bishop, Doctor of the Church, memorial

9:30am – St Josephs – Mass

7:00pm – St Josephs –  Exposition, Rosary & Benediction for Vocations

Thursday 18th July

9:30am – St Josephs – Mass

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass till 10:30am

Friday 19th July

11:00am – Le Platon – Mass

7:30pm – Centre for Peace – Rosary

Saturday 20th July

10:00am – St Joseph’s – Mass

11:15am – St Joseph’s – Baptism: Annabella Grinberga Camacho

6:00pm – OLSS – Mass

Sunday 21st July

8:00am – St Josephs – Mass

9:15am – OLSS – Mass

10:30am – St Josephs – Mass

6:00pm – Notre Dame – Mass


Diocese of Portsmouth
Bishop Philip Egan
Eighth Bishop of Portsmouth

Dean and Parish Priest:
Canon Christopher Rutledge (Day off Tuesday)

Assistant Priest:
Fr Inna Reddy Gade (Day off Friday)

Priest in Retirement:
Canon Gerard Hetherington KCHS

Deacon:
Rev Mark Leightley

Churches

St Joseph & St Mary
La Couperderie, St Peter Port [Map]

Notre Dame Du Rosaire
Burnt Lane, St Peter Port [Map]

Our Lady Star of the Sea, Delancey (OLSS)
Rue des Monts, St Sampsons [Map]

St Anne & St Mary Magdalen
Braye Road, Alderney [Map]

Parish Office

Ampthill House, Cordier Hill, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 1JH
Telephone Number: 01481 720196
Office hours: 9.30am—1.30pm weekdays.
Email: office@catholic.org.gg
Secretary: Mrs Yvonne Priaulx
Assistant Secretary: Mrs Elaine McKay

Safeguarding Officer

Bridget Cowens:
(01481) 701398 : 07781 467591

Youth Ministry Coordinator

Tom Saddington
Tel: 07781 129310
Email: youth@catholic.org.gg

 

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6pm Mass on the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 14th July 2024

Recordings of Mass and other services:

Communion
Communion

The Communion procession expresses the humble patience of the poor moving forward to be fed, the alert expectancy of God’s people sharing the Paschal meal in readiness for their journey, the joyful confidence of God’s people on the march toward the promised land. Through this action of walking solemnly in procession we make our sign of reverence in preparation for receiving Communion. At the same time as we are nourished by the Eucharist, we continue to be fed by what we have heard in the Liturgy of the Word, in particular the Gospel.

Mass Schedules
Mass Schedules

Weekend 13th/14th July

Saturday – 6:00pm (Vigil Mass) – Our Lady Star of the Sea
Sunday – St. Joseph’s Church – 8:00am & 10:30am / Notre Dame du Rosaire – 6:00pm

The usual Sunday Schedule of 5 Masses will resume from the weekend of 20th/21st July.

Monday & Tuesday Mass Time Changes This Week

There will be one Parish Mass on Monday at Our Lady Star of the Sea at the earlier time of 11:30am (STM&M School leavers Mass and to which all parishioners are invited). On Tuesday, Mass will be at the earlier time of 7:30am re the King’s visit.

Interim Governance Boards (IGB)
Interim Governance Boards (IGB)

The Committee for Education, Sport & Culture(ESC) is inviting applications from members of the community to join the new Interim Governance Boards (IGB) for all the Island’s schools, including Notre Dame du Rosaire and St Mary and St Michael Primary Schools. The IGBs will be a key part of the future model of education governance.

It is very important to ensure a strong Catholic representation on the IGBs. The Diocese has already appointed Liz Dene to serve as the Diocesan representative on both the IGBs for our Catholic Schools and now it is advertising for community members to join in September. Later in the year, it will be appointing both a teacher and parent representative for each school.

If you are interested in applying to be the community representative for either Notre Dame du Rosaire or St Mary and St Michael Primary School you can find out more from www.gov.gg/IGB or if you prefer please call Liz on 07839 196005.

End of Term
End of Term

As the last of our schools break up this week for the summer we wish all pupils, teachers, staff, parents and carers a wonderful few weeks rest and holiday.

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group - 15th July - 7:00pm - St Magloire Parish Room, St Joseph’s
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – 15th July – 7:00pm – St Magloire Parish Room, St Joseph’s

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group meet Monday 15th July at 7:30pm in St Magloire Parish Room, St Joseph’s.

Teas/Coffee available from 7:00pm.

For more information please call Frank on 07781 108394. All welcome!

Coffee Morning
Coffee Morning

St Joseph’s Parish Room will be open for coffee/tea on Wednesday 24th July and on every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.

Drop in any time between 9:30am-11:30am for coffee, cake and a chat.

Everyone is welcome – do come and join us!

Laudato Si
Laudato Si

During July there is a global initiative challenging us to reduce single use plastic for an entire month.

Avoid hotel mini-toiletries: take your own refillable bottles for toiletries on holiday.

Those tiny bottles will only be used once before they are thrown away.

Volunteers Urgently Required
Volunteers Urgently Required

A parishioner, who, for many years has collected the food donations from St Joseph’s Church and delivered them to the Guernsey Welfare Service, reluctantly has to withdraw from this task with immediate effect. One or more volunteers are therefore urgently required to undertake this important work, which is greatly appreciated by the Guernsey Welfare Service. For further details please contact the Parish Office – Tel: 720196.

Eucharistic Ministers
Eucharistic Ministers

The parish is seeking parishioners who feel called to serve as Eucharistic ministers. This act of service will involve taking communion to the housebound as well as helping to distribute communion at Mass. An information evening will be held in September followed by a formation programme for those who would like to step forward. If you are interested please leave your name and contact details with the office or contact Deacon Mark on 07781 416176.

Le Platon Lottery Results - June
Le Platon Lottery Results – June

Le Platon Lottery results from the June monthly draw:

1st – 40 – £100

2nd – 85 – £50

3rd – 6 – £25

Communion
Communion

In Holy Communion we receive back the gifts we presented, now transformed by the Holy Spirit into the Body and Blood of Christ. When we receive the Eucharist, not only does Jesus come to live in us, but he remodels us into people more and more like himself. We become what we receive – the Body of Christ. Our minds and hearts are transformed so that we think, love and speak like Jesus: forgiving those who have hurt us, caring for those who are ill, doing all we can to help the poor, the homeless, the hungry, refugees, all those in need.

Sunday Mass Schedule – Weekends 6th/7th & 13th/14th July
Sunday Mass Schedule – Weekends 6th/7th & 13th/14th July

Saturday – 6:00pm (Vigil Mass) – Our Lady Star of the Sea
Sunday – St. Joseph’s Church – 8:00am & 10:30am / Notre Dame du Rosaire – 6:00pm

The above are Holiday Mass times for these two weekends as the Bishop has given permission for one priest to celebrate 4 Sunday Masses. We have tried to ensure fairness in that each Church has a Mass. The usual Sunday Schedule of 5 Masses will resume from the weekend of 20/21 July. The CORE Group are actively looking at the Parish Survey to consider the best way forward with regard to establishing regular Sunday Mass times. More on this in due course.

Farewell - Mr Rob O’Brien
Farewell – Mr Rob O’Brien

As Blanchelande College finishes for the summer we say goodbye to Mr Rob O’Brien, who has been Principal since 2016. The Catholic Community would like to wish Rob, Maria and the family a fond farewell and prayerful blessings as they return to the UK.

Prayers Peoples of the Middle East & Peace of Jerusalem - 7th July
Prayers Peoples of the Middle East & Peace of Jerusalem – 7th July

Prayers for all the peoples of the Middle East and the peace of Jerusalem on Sunday 7th July.

Contact Maud for time & venue – Tel: 729445.

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group - 8th July - 7:30pm - St Magloire Parish Room, St Joseph’s.
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – 8th July – 7:30pm – St Magloire Parish Room, St Joseph’s.

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group meet Monday 8th July at 7:30pm in the St Magloire Parish Room, St Joseph’s.

Teas/Coffee available from 7:00pm.

For more information please call Frank on 07781 108394. All welcome!

Divine Will Prayer Group - 10th July - 10:45am - St Joseph’s Parish Room
Divine Will Prayer Group – 10th July – 10:45am – St Joseph’s Parish Room

Divine Will Prayer Group meet on Wednesday 10th July at 10:45am in St Joseph’s Parish Room.

Laudato Si
Laudato Si

During July there is a global initiative challenging us to reduce single use plastic for an enitre month . There are many ways we can do this – carrying our own reusable bags to buy loose veg and fruit, using refillable bottles for water instead of buying plastic bottles. Switch to soap bar instead of liquid soap in bottles. Shampoo bars too are now widely available.

Preparing for your Funeral
Preparing for your Funeral

‘The subject of death can be a taboo subject in our secular society. But in the light of our Catholic faith it is one we should have the confidence to face. Completing this document will make it so much easier for your family or friends to make the arrangements for your Funeral at what will be a sad and difficult time for them. More importantly, if your family are not Catholics, or have lapsed from the practice of the faith, or where there is not family around to ensure that your wishes will be followed, it ensures that you will receive what is your right as a member of the Catholic Church’. (Cardinal Vincent Nichols). Instructions for my Funeral Mass forms are available at the back of our 3 churches or call the Parish Office who can post out.

Religious Items Sale
Religious Items Sale

Sale of second hand religious books, Children’s Bibles, Bible stories, and a large variety of adults spiritual literature in St. Joseph’s Parish Rooms this Sunday after the 8:00am and 10:30am Masses. Donations made will go to the Church.

Rosary - Beatification of Edel Quinn - 30th June - 2:00pm - St Joseph’s Church
Rosary – Beatification of Edel Quinn – 30th June – 2:00pm – St Joseph’s Church

Rosary for the beatification of Edel Quinn (Legion of Mary) will be on Sunday 30th June at 2:00pm in St Joseph’s Church.

Cheese & Wine – 30th June – Notre Dame Parish Hall
Cheese & Wine – 30th June – Notre Dame Parish Hall

Sunday 30th June there will be cheese and wine and other refreshments in the Parish Hall after the Sunday Mass at Notre Dame.

All are most welcome.

Bamenda & Portsmouth Golden Jubilee Celebrations
Bamenda & Portsmouth Golden Jubilee Celebrations

Bishop Philip invites you to join him at St John’s Cathedral, Portsmouth on Saturday 6th July for a Mass of Thanksgiving at 11:00am to mark the 50th anniversary of the link between the Archdiocese of Bamenda and the Diocese of Portsmouth. He will be joined by Archbishop Andrew Nkea of Bamenda and Fr Bernardine Nsom, who will lead a delegation of 13 priests, religious and laity from Bamenda, visas permitting. Please join us at the Cathedral for what promises to be a joyous Celebration Mass, followed by an exhibition and displays in the Discovery Centre, ending with Evening Prayer & Blessing at 4 pm. We are expecting to be joined by some 100 members of the Cameroonian Community from around the UK! Please come for all or any part of the day.

FLAME 2025
FLAME 2025

The largest youth gathering of Catholics, Flame is once more taking place at the OVO Arena, Wembley on Saturday 15th March 2025, with the theme Unstoppable.

To attend Flame 2025 purchase early bird tickets now by completing a Booking Form – from the back of church. Early Bird tickets can be purchased at £29 per person before the 30th September after which the price will increase to £35. A coach will run from Portsmouth Cathedral directly to the OVO Arena, seats can be booked on the coach and further information at youth@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk or 07780 221686

June Month of the Sacred Heart
June Month of the Sacred Heart

June is traditionally a month during which communities and individuals are consecrated or renew their consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Litanies of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

During the month of June, litanies of the Sacred Heart are often recited and have been encouraged. It is a moving way to express devotion to Our Lord by making reparation through adoration for the offenses committed against His Sacred Heart. It is often prayed during First Friday services.

Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, approved for the whole Church in 1891, which is evidently biblical in character and to which many indulgences have been attached Aliae concessiones

Sunday Mass Schedule - Weekends 6th/7th & 13th/14th July
Sunday Mass Schedule – Weekends 6th/7th & 13th/14th July

Mass Times
Saturday – 6:00pm (Vigil Mass) – Our Lady Star of the Sea
Sunday – St. Joseph’s Church – 8:00am & 10:30am / Notre Dame du Rosaire – 6:00pm

Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

As we begin our time of prayer, we release our cares and anything else that would hinder us from experiencing more of you in this Mass today. We focus our hearts and minds on you. Lord, you are worthy of our praise. Forgive us for having our minds set on other things and not giving you the honour you deserve. We gather together to lift up the name of your son Jesus, the name that is above every name. All glory belongs to you.

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group - ‘Adoration’ - 24th June - 7:00pm - St Joseph’s Parish Room
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – ‘Adoration’ – 24th June – 7:00pm – St Joseph’s Parish Room

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group will be having an evening of ‘Adoration’ on Monday 24th June from 7:30pm-9:00pm and then on the following last Monday of every month. This will include some hymns followed by silent ‘Adoration’.

Prayer ministry will be available for anyone who would like individual prayer. This will take place in St Joseph’s Parish Room.

Tea/Coffee will be available from 7:00pm. Everyone is welcome to join us for these ‘Adoration’ evenings, even if you do not normally come to the prayer group.

Rosary - Beatification of Edel Quinn - 30th June - 2:00pm - St Joseph’s Church
Rosary – Beatification of Edel Quinn – 30th June – 2:00pm – St Joseph’s Church

Rosary for the beatification of Edel Quinn (Legion of Mary) will be on Sunday 30th June at 2:00pm in St Joseph’s Church.

Le Platon Lottery Results – May
Le Platon Lottery Results – May

Le Platon results of the May draw

1st – 50 – £100

2nd – 36 – £50

3rd – 2 – £25

Thank You
Thank You

Dear friends, may I offer you my sincere thanks for making my Jubilee so special. I feel quite humbled if not overwhelmed by your kind messages, cards and gifts and your generous cheque. The blessing from H.H Pope Francis topped the whole celebration. Grateful thanks to Canon Chris for arranging everything so well. To our organist and for all who were able to join us for Mass it was all splendid. I will offer a Mass in thanksgiving asking the good Lord to bless you all. With renewed thanks. Yours in the Lord.

Gerard Hetherington

St Mary & St Michael PTFA Summer Fayre - 5th July - 3:30pm
St Mary & St Michael PTFA Summer Fayre – 5th July – 3:30pm

St Mary & St Michael PTFA Summer Fayre on Friday 5th July from 3:30pm onwards.

BBQ, licensed bar, stalls, raffle, games, bouncy castle.

A real community event so please come and join us. Parking is available near the school.

Day For Life - 16th June
Day For Life – 16th June

Day for Life is the day in the Church’s year dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. On Saturday 22nd June, the Eve of the Vigil of the Feast of St John the Baptist, please pray and fast for the end of abortion and euthanasia. This is the last monthly day of prayer and fasting for life before the General Election. The Church teaches that life is to be nurtured from conception to natural death. In England and Wales, Day for Life is celebrated on the third Sunday of June each year. This year it falls on 16th June. The theme is The Lord is my Shepherd – Compassion and Hope at the End of Life. A debate on end-of-life issues has been in the headlines in recent months with calls for assisted suicide being expressed, especially by celebrities, a view that opposes the Catholic view that life is a gift and that we are called to care for others at the end of their lives. Life is a gift and the importance of care at the end of life.

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – 17th June – 7:30pm – St Magloire Parish Room, St Joseph’s
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – 17th June – 7:30pm – St Magloire Parish Room, St Joseph’s

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group meeting on Monday 17th June at 7:30pm in the St Magloire Parish Room, St Joseph’s.

Teas/Coffee available from 7:00pm.

For more information please call Frank on 07781 108394.

All welcome!

Laudato Si - 17th June - 7:00pm - St Yves Parish Room, St Joseph’s
Laudato Si – 17th June – 7:00pm – St Yves Parish Room, St Joseph’s

Laudato Si meet on Monday 17th June at 7:00pm in the St Yves Parish Room, St Joseph’s.

All Welcome!

‘Live Simply’ Our Children’s weekly Echo Friendly Tip’s

• Try not to waste food by buying less food. Erin

• Dry washing on the washing line. Will

• Try to recycle plastic. Carolina

Mothers Prayers – 21st June – 11:00am
Mothers Prayers – 21st June – 11:00am

Mothers Prayers meet on Friday 21st June at 11:00am (Tea/Coffee from 10:30am) Venue Christine’s house.

Tel: 259995 / E-mail: christineguernsey2014@gmail.com

www.mothersprayers.org

June Month of the Sacred Heart
June Month of the Sacred Heart

June is traditionally a month during which communities and individuals are consecrated or renew their consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

During the month of June, litanies of the Sacred Heart are often recited and have been encouraged. Thus, saint John Paul II exhorted the faithful in his general audience in these words:

It is well-known that the month of June is dedicated particularly to the Divine Heart, to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We express to it our love and our adoration by means of the litany which in the single invocations speaks with particular depth of its theological contents. (Saint John Paul II, General Audience on Saint Peter’s Square, Wednesday, 20 June 1979)

Family consecration to the Sacred Heart, in which the family, by virtue of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony already participating in the mystery of the unity and love of Christ for the Church, is dedicated to Christ so that he might reign in the hearts of all its members (Aliae concessiones).

Portsmouth Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes - 22nd July
Portsmouth Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes – 22nd July

Portsmouth Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes on 22nd July for four nights £859pp sharing.

For further details please contact – Tel: 07780 221686 / E-mail lourdes@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

The Shrine of the Sacred Heart
The Shrine of the Sacred Heart

The Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Fort Hommet, Vazon, (Perry’s Guide 13 E1 ) will be open every Tuesday & Saturday from 2:00pm-4:00pm April to October 2024.

Please check the dates on their website sacredheart.org.gg (weather permitting).

First Holy Communion - Saturday 8th June
First Holy Communion – Saturday 8th June

Congratulations to our First Holy Communicants who celebrate the Sacrament for the first time on Saturday 8th June.

Let us remember them all in our prayers.

Most grateful and sincere thanks to all our catechists who have diligently prepared the children over the last year.

Sacrament of Confirmation - Sunday 16th June - 10:30am Mass
Sacrament of Confirmation – Sunday 16th June – 10:30am Mass

Bishop Philip will be with us to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to 42 of our young people. As there will be 42 candidates attending the 10:30am Mass plus 42 sponsors and their families this Mass will be very full, you may wish to consider attending another Mass on this day to help ease overcrowding, but all are very welcome. Please remember the children and young people, their families, and all those who have been preparing them over many months in your prayers.

THE WOMAN AT THE WELL... A Thirsty Soul
THE WOMAN AT THE WELL… A Thirsty Soul

Deacon Mark will be giving an evening reflection to the members of the Union of Catholic Mothers (UCM).

All ladies of the parish are most welcome to attend.

The evening will be held on the Tuesday 11th June at 7:00pm in the Parish Room.

Deacon Mark Leightley

Coffee Morning
Coffee Morning

St Joseph’s Parish Room at  will be open for coffee/tea, cake and a chat on Wednesday 12th June and on every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.

Drop in any time between 9:30-11:30am for coffee, cake and a chat.

Everyone is welcome – do come and join us!

 

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – 10th June – 7:30pm – St Magloire Parish Room, St Joseph’s
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – 10th June – 7:30pm – St Magloire Parish Room, St Joseph’s

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group meeting on Monday 10th June at 7:30pm in the St Magloire Parish Room, St Joseph’s.

Teas/Coffee available from 7:00pm.

For more information please call Frank on 07781 108394.

All welcome!

The Divine Will Prayer Group Meetings
The Divine Will Prayer Group Meetings

The Divine Will Prayer Group will meet on the following dates –

Tuesday 11th June – 8:00pm – Maud’s House

Wednesday 12th June – 10:45am – St Joseph’s Parish Room

Rota – St Josephs – Eucharistic Ministers
Rota – St Josephs – Eucharistic Ministers

Copies of the St Josephs Eucharistic Ministers rotas (16th June to 4th August 2024) are available for collection just inside the Sacristy.

CARITAS PORTSMOUTH - Refugee Week
CARITAS PORTSMOUTH – Refugee Week

There are two online events for Refugee Week where we look to make our communities more welcoming to those arriving in our country.

13th June from 6:00pm-7:000pm with Caritas Plymouth and Tuesday 18th June from 12:30pm-1:00pm to hear from a parish project.

Everyone welcome.

Registration links can be found on our website – https://caritasportsmouth.org.uk

Cheese & Wine - 30th June - Parish Hall
Cheese & Wine – 30th June – Parish Hall

Sunday 30th June there will be cheese and wine and other refreshments in the Parish Hall after the Sunday Mass.

All are most welcome.

June Month of the Sacred Heart
June Month of the Sacred Heart

Devotion to the Sacred Heart is a wonderful historical expression of the Church’s piety for Christ, her Spouse and Lord: it calls for a fundamental attitude of conversion and reparation, of love and gratitude, apostolic commitment and dedication to Christ and his saving work. Devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus are numerous. Some have been explicitly approved and frequently recommended by the Apostolic Sea.

Personal consecration, described by Pius XI as “undoubtedly the principal devotional practice used in relation to the Sacred Heart” (Miserentissimus redemptor)

The Solemnity Of Corpus Christi
The Solemnity Of Corpus Christi

On this feast day, we give special thanks and praise to God for the sublime gift of His Body and Blood that Christ let us at the Last Supper. The Eucharist is the living memorial of His passion, death and resurrection, which brings us its sacrificial and saving power until the end of time. It is the great Sacrament by which we encounter the living and risen Christ and receive strength in holiness so that all peoples may come to walk in the light of one faith in one communion of love. It is the sacred banquet in which all are fed at God’s table and grow into the holiness and likeness of the risen Christ.

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group - 3rd June - 7:30pm - St Magloire Parish Room, St Joseph’s
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – 3rd June – 7:30pm – St Magloire Parish Room, St Joseph’s

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group meeting on Monday 3rd June at 7:30pm in the St Magloire Parish Room, St Joseph’s.

Teas/Coffee available from 7:00pm.

For more information please call Frank on 07781 108394.

All welcome!

Divine Will Prayer Group - 4th June - 7:00pm - Centre for Peace
Divine Will Prayer Group – 4th June – 7:00pm – Centre for Peace

Divine Will Prayer Group will meet on Tuesday 4th June at 7:00pm at Centre for Peace.

Concert in Aid of Le Bourgs Hospice - 14th June - 6:30pm - Town Church
Concert in Aid of Le Bourgs Hospice – 14th June – 6:30pm – Town Church

A Concert in Aid of Le Bourgs Hospice will take place at the Town Church on 14th June – doors open at 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start.

Favourite songs by Purcell, Barber, Handel, Elgar and many more.

Rota – St Josephs - Readers
Rota – St Josephs – Readers

Copies of the St Josephs reading rotas (16th June to 4th August 2024) are available in Sacristy Folder and website.

Guernsey Caring for Ex-Offenders - Activities Worker 
Guernsey Caring for Ex-Offenders – Activities Worker 

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work part-time (18hrs per week) at our Actives Centre ‘The Caves’ in St Peter Port.

Hours will be set over 3 days per week with some flexibility necessary in order to cover for holidays and other planned absences.

Annual Leave: 5 weeks plus bank holidays (pro-rata)

For a full role description, please visit our website at GCFEO.org or contact Mary Herve on GCFEO@suremail.gg for further details.

Life In The Spirit - Annual course
Life In The Spirit – Annual course

LIS DIOCESE OF PORTSMOUTH on ZOOM – 7 Sessions starting on Thursday evenings from 6th June to 18th July 2024 from 7:30pm until 9:00pm.

Live Holy Spirit Day for course participants at St Bede’s Church in Basingstoke on Saturday 29th June starting 9:30am with Mass until 1:00pm. Adoration at 8:30am optional!

Tea/Coffee will be provided. Welcome to bring and share packed lunch afterwards.

Please use this link to register https://us06web.zoom.us/mee ng/register/tZIlf-trDwjGNAuzzyTiLVcwy7lzHwq87dG

Significant Wedding Anniversaries Mass
Significant Wedding Anniversaries Mass

I invite all married couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th (or longer) Wedding Anniversary to join me for this year’s Significant Wedding Anniversaries Mass on Saturday 7th September at 2:00pm at St Bede’s Church, Basingstoke.

If you and your spouse are celebrating a significant wedding anniversary this year, be sure to save the date! If you would like to attend, for an application form please E-mail – anniversaries@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk.

Bishop Philip

The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

Bishop Moth and the Knights, Ladies and Ecclesiastics would like to thank the Parishioners of Our Lady and the Saints of Guernsey for their warm welcome last weekend. Members of the Order are practising Catholics who strive to live in ever deepening witness to the faith with particular reference to the Holy Land.

Through their mission of service, prayers and financial contribution with the people of the Holy Land and the Holy Places they gain more than they ever hope to give. Support through prayer for the Order is always welcome.

For further information or if you wish to make a donation please visit our website – www.eohsj.org.uk or E-mail communications@eohsj.org.uk.

Thank you.

The Holy Spirit Group – Life in the Spirit Seminar
The Holy Spirit Group – Life in the Spirit Seminar

The Life in the Spirit seminars continue on Monday 27th May with week 7 – ‘Transformation’.

This will be in St Joseph’s Parish Room starting at 7:30pm (Tea/Coffee from 7:00pm).

Rota - St Josephs - Cleaning
Rota – St Josephs – Cleaning

Copies of the St Josephs cleaning rotas (June to December 2024) are available in Sacristy Folder and website.

Thank You
Thank You

The Befrienders Parish Group would like to send heartfelt thanks to all those who came to help at last Saturday’s Tea Party. Thank you also to all those who very kindly offered lifts and brought contributions to make the afternoon such a lovely event which was thoroughly enjoyed by the members of our Church community. Special thanks also to the members of Allegro who entertained us so beautifully.

New Sunday Missals
New Sunday Missals

The Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has confirmed the approval by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for the new Lectionary.

The Lectionary, which includes the scripture readings for Mass and the sacraments, will come into use in Catholic parishes from Advent 2024.

New Missals will be available from Autumn 2024 price £24.95 (special offer of £19.95 if ordered before 31st May).

Please contact Parish Office or Lisa (077811 119912).

First Holy Communion Card & Gifts
First Holy Communion Card & Gifts

A small selection of First Holy Communion cards and gifts are now available in St Joseph’s repository.

Diamond Jubilee Celebration
Diamond Jubilee Celebration

Please joins us in celebrating our dear Canon Hetherington’s 60th Anniversary of Priesthood this Thursday 23rd May with Mass at 6:00pm at St. Joseph’s followed by a reception in the Presbytery Gardens (weather permitting).

Please bring a plate along to the reception preferably savoury nibbles, crisps, dips, nuts, sweets, cheese sticks. Thank you.

A faithful priest who…
shall function in
the presence of my anointed forever.
…1 Samuel 2:35

The Holy Spirit Group - Life in the Spirit Seminar
The Holy Spirit Group – Life in the Spirit Seminar

The Life in the Spirit seminars continue on Monday 20th May with week 6 – ‘Growth’.

This will be in St Joseph’s Parish Room starting at 7:30pm (Tea/Coffee from 7:00pm).

Coffee Morning
Coffee Morning

St Joseph’s Parish Room at  will be open for coffee/tea, cake and a chat on Wednesday 22nd May and on every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.

Drop in any time between 9:30-11:30am

This is a chance to enjoy a cup of coffee and meet up with others. Everyone is welcome!

The Divine Will Prayer Group - 22nd May - 10:45am - St. Joseph’s Parish Room
The Divine Will Prayer Group – 22nd May – 10:45am – St. Joseph’s Parish Room

The Divine Will Prayer Group will meet on Wednesday 22nd May at 10:45am in St. Joseph’s Parish Room.

Rotas - St Josephs Tea/Coffee
Rotas – St Josephs Tea/Coffee

Copies of the St Josephs Tea/Coffee rotas (July to December 2024) are available in Sacristy Folder and in the Parish Room.

Mothers Prayers - 24th May - 10:30am
Mothers Prayers – 24th May – 10:30am

Mothers Prayers meet on Friday 24th May at 11:00am (Tea/Coffee from 10:30am).

Venue Christine’s house.

Contract – Tel: 259995 / E-mail: christineguernsey2014@gmail.com / www.mothersprayers.org

Friends of Romania
Friends of Romania

The Friends of Romania would be very grateful to receive good second-hand clothing for all ages, but for children in particular. You are welcome to bring things to our home or we can collect from you.

Please contract – Tel: 255129 / E-mail wilf.holland@cwgsy.net

Many thanks to all who have donated in the past. Wilf & Patricia Holland

Laudato Si - Bat Enthusiasts Walk - 29th May - 9:00pm - Sausmarez Park
Laudato Si – Bat Enthusiasts Walk – 29th May – 9:00pm – Sausmarez Park

For all Parishioners who are interested in Bats. Charles Ford will give a talk on Bats Wednesday 29th May at 9:00pm at Sausmarez Park. Please meet at pirates Park car park at Sausmarez Park. The walk will take about a hour from the car park to the pond – (weather dependant). All welcome especially supervised children. A risk assessment will be supplied. Remember to bring a torch!

Le Platon Lottery Results - April
Le Platon Lottery Results – April

Le Platon results of the April draw

1st – 19 – £100

2nd – 41 – £50

3rd – 20 – £25

Dates for the Diary
Dates for the Diary

Saturday 8th June – 10:00am

First Holy Communion Day for our Children who have been preparing for this most wonderful day.

Sunday 16th June – 10:30am Mass

Bishop Philip will be with us to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to 42 of our young people.

Apostleship of the Sea - Thank You
Apostleship of the Sea – Thank You

Catholic maritime charity Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) is very grateful for this parish’s prayer and financial support of its work on Sea Sunday last year. To report back on the use of those funds, it invites parishioners to join an online update and thank you webinar on Tuesday 28th May from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. You will hear about the impact of your generosity on the lives of seafarers, fishers, and their families over the last year. Its CEO and chaplains will share inspiring stories of how they have helped seafarers and fishers through your support. To register www.stellamaris.org.uk/thankyou2024.

Mass Time Survey
Mass Time Survey

One of the first tasks of the newly set up Core Group (as introduced on the Link last week) is to look at weekend Mass times across the parish. As part of this, we will be conducting a survey of your views over a period of a week. Next weekend, (25th/26th May), we will be handing out a short survey at all Masses. We would encourage you to take this home, give it some careful thought and return it either at Mass the following weekend (1st/2nd June) or directly to the Parish Office by lunchtime on the 3rd June. It is very important that your views are considered as part of any changes to the Mass schedule, so please help us by sharing your views with us through the survey. Thank you.

Sunday Mass Schedule – Weekend 4th/5th & 11th/12th May
Sunday Mass Schedule – Weekend 4th/5th & 11th/12th May

Fr Inna will be on holiday from 29th April – 17th May

As only Canon Chris will be on Island the following is the schedule:

Mass times for Weekend 4th/5th & 11th/12th May

6:00pm – Vigil Mass (Saturday) – St Joseph’s

8:00am – Sunday Mass – St Joseph’s

10:30am – Sunday Mass – St Joseph’s

Andrew Warren and the Delancey Music Group will play at the Saturday Vigil Mass.

Please note extra parking provision will be available at Vauvert School.

COMMUNION CHANT

Saturday evening 6:00pm Mass

Ubi caritas et amor, ubi caritas Deus ibi est.

Where charity and love are found, God is there.

Liberation Day Services - 9th May
Liberation Day Services – 9th May

The People’s Liberation Day Service at 10:30am at the Guernsey Salvation Army, The Fortress, La Route du Picquerel, Vale.

The 79th Annual Service of Thanksgiving for Liberation at 11:00am at the Town Church, Church Square.

Canon Chris will be in attendance.

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – Life in the Spirit Seminar – 6th May – 7:00pm – St Joseph’s Parish Room
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – Life in the Spirit Seminar – 6th May – 7:00pm – St Joseph’s Parish Room

The Life in the Spirit seminars continue on Monday 6th May with Week 4 – ‘Receiving God’s gift’ in St Joseph’s Parish Room starting at 7:30pm (Tea/Coffee from 7:00pm).

Coffee Morning
Coffee Morning

St Joseph’s Parish room at  will be open for coffee/tea, cake and a chat on Wednesday 08th May and on every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.

Drop in any time between 9:30-11:30am

This is a chance to enjoy a cup of coffee and meet up with others. Everyone is welcome!

Divine Will Prayer Group Meetings
Divine Will Prayer Group Meetings

Tuesday 7th May at 8:00pm at Maud’s House

Wednesday 8th/22nd May at 10:45am in St. Joseph’s Parish Room

A Day with Mary - 18th May
A Day with Mary – 18th May

A Day with Mary on Saturday 18th May at Bournemouth Oratory, Richmond Hill, Bournemouth.

A day of instruction, devotion and Intercession, based on the message given at Fatima 1917.

Please see Posters at back of Church. For further details www.adaywithmary.org or www.eventcatholic.com.

Guernsey Prayer Walk 2024
Guernsey Prayer Walk 2024

Date: Saturday 18th May / Theme: Praying For All Nations

There are a total of nine routes and people are encouraged to sign up for any route of their choice. The start time for all routes is 8:00am in the morning. There will be gathering at the Market Square in town at 4:00pm a time of celebration, worship and prayer. Full details of the prayer walk can be found here.  (lightupguernsey.com)

Information
Information

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT
Learn more about how to cope with grief. Talk with someone who will listen Drop in, have a cuppa and a chat. The first meeting takes place on Tuesday 28th May between 10:00-11:00am. Contact Beverley on 242192 for more information. Posters at the back of church.

FUNERAL FORMS
Funeral Planning: Forms are now available at the back of the Church or from the Parish Office, for anyone wishing to plan their own funeral. Please leave a copy with the Parish Office (this will be held in strict confidence).

PASTORAL CARE
If you, or any of your relatives or friends, are in hospital, or due to go into hospital, or at home please contact the Parish Office. Similarly, if anyone is moved into a nursing or residential home. This is to enable the provision of Pastoral care.

LIBERATION DAY 2024
LIBERATION DAY 2024

The People’s Liberation Day Service will be held on Thursday 9th May at 10:30am at Guernsey Salvation Army, The Fortress, La Route du Picquerel, Vale, GY6 8JA.

Sarnia Cherie. Gem of the sea.
Home of my childhood, my heart longs for thee.
Thy voice calls me ever, forget thee I’ll never, Island of beauty. Sarnia Cherie.

Sunday Mass Schedule - Weekend 4th/5th & 11th/12th May
Sunday Mass Schedule – Weekend 4th/5th & 11th/12th May

Fr Inna will be on holiday from 29th April – 17th May

As only Canon Chris will be on Island the following is the schedule:

Mass times for Weekend 4th/5th & 11th/12th May

6:00pm – Vigil Mass (Saturday) – St Joseph’s

8:00am – Sunday Mass – St Joseph’s

10:30am – Sunday Mass – St Joseph’s

Andrew Warren and the Delancey Music Group will play at the Saturday Vigil Mass.

Please note extra parking provision will be available at Vauvert School .

Dates for the Diary
Dates for the Diary

Sunday 19th May – 10:30am – Mass (PENTECOST SUNDAY)

We welcome the Knights and Dames of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre with Bishop Richard Moth of Arundel & Brighton Diocese.

Thursday 23rd May – 6:00pm – Special Mass 

Canon Hetherington celebrates his 60th Anniversary of Priesthood. (Diamond Anniversary)

Special Mass will be celebrated at 6:00pm at St Joseph’s followed by a reception in the Presbytery Garden.

Saturday 8th June – 10:00am – First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion Day for our Children who have been preparing for this most wonderful day.

Sunday 16th June – 10:30am – Mass

Bishop Philip will be with us to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to 42 of our young people.

Rosary - Beatification of Edel Quinn - 28th Apr - 2:00pm - St Joseph’s
Rosary – Beatification of Edel Quinn – 28th Apr – 2:00pm – St Joseph’s

Rosary for the Beatification of Edel Quinn (Legion of Mary) will take place on Sunday 28th April in St Joseph’s at 2:00pm.

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group - Life in the Spirit Seminar - 29th Apr - 7:00pm - St Joseph’s Parish Room
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – Life in the Spirit Seminar – 29th Apr – 7:00pm – St Joseph’s Parish Room

The Life in the Spirit seminars continue on Monday 29th April with Week 3 – ‘New life’ in St Joseph’s Parish Room starting at 7:30pm (Tea/Coffee from 7:00pm).

Befrienders Tea Party - 18th May - St Mary & St Michael School
Befrienders Tea Party – 18th May – St Mary & St Michael School

The next Befrienders Tea Party will be held on the 18th May at St Mary & St Michael School. Details will follow.

Any offer of help with refreshments gratefully received. Please contact Audrey – Tel: 07781 107393.

IMPORTANT NOTICE – SAFEGUARDING TRAINING TO ALL CHURCH VOLUNTEERS AND ANYONE THAT IS INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING
IMPORTANT NOTICE – SAFEGUARDING TRAINING TO ALL CHURCH VOLUNTEERS AND ANYONE THAT IS INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING

TRAINING EVENT – CHILD PROTECTION AND WORKING WITH ADULTS AT RISK

Julie Minal, the Diocese Safeguarding Training Officer, will be holding this event on Saturday 11th May at 10:00am–4:00pm in St. Joseph’s Parish Room.  This is to receive updated training in relation to safeguarding matters with content being tailored to your roles in ministry.

This is in accordance with the National Safeguarding Standards training which must be completed every 2 years. There will be a mid-morning tea break and lunch at 12:30pm; please bring a packed lunch.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing the Parish Office or Bridget Cowens – Tel: 07781 467591 / E-mail: safeguarding.gueols@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk.

We look forward to meeting you all.

MASS 11TH MAY AT ST JOSEPH’S CHURCH

Please note Mass will be celebrated at 9:30am on Saturday 11th May for those who are attending the Safeguarding meeting to also be able to attend Mass.

Confessions will follow afters the 9:30am Mass.

Prayers - Peoples of the Middle East & Peace of Jerusalem - 5th May
Prayers – Peoples of the Middle East & Peace of Jerusalem – 5th May

Prayers for all the peoples of the Middle East and the peace of Jerusalem on Sunday 5th May.

Contact Maud for time & venue Tel: 729445

Bags4Bamenda Update
Bags4Bamenda Update

Viv McNamara would like to thank all the parishioners who so generously contributed to the recent Bags4Bamenda sale. A total of £500 is being transferred to the Bamenda Committee to be added to the restricted fund for the well the parish is funding in the parish of Ntenefor in Bamenda.

Special Retiring Collection
Special Retiring Collection

A special collection for our dear Canon Hetherington’s Diamond Anniversary will be taken up next weekend thanking Canon Hetherington for the commitment in the service of God and for caring for the spiritual needs of our Parish & Parishioners. Mass will be celebrated on Thursday 23rd May at 7:00pm in St. Joseph’s in celebration of Canon’s Anniversary this will be followed by a garden tea party at the Presbytery (weather permitting).

Services Times
Services Times

SERVICE FOR LIBERATION OF BIBERACH ANNIVERSARY

Service for Liberation of Biberach Anniversary on Tuesday 23rd April at 11:00am at White Rock. Canon Chris will be in attendance. Biberach became a civilian internment camp for people mainly from Guernsey until its liberation by French forces on the 23rd April 1945.

LIBERATION DAY 2024

The People’s Liberation Day Service will be held on Thursday 9th May at 10:30am at Guernsey Salvation Army, The Fortress, La Route du Picquerel, Vale, GY6 8JA.

Sarnia Cherie. Gem of the sea.
Home of my childhood, my heart longs for thee.
Thy voice calls me ever, forget thee I’ll never, Island of beauty. Sarnia Cherie.

Allegro
Allegro

If you enjoy listening to ‘Allegro’ our children’s choir please consider supporting us. It is not a huge commitment a couple of short rehearsals after 10:30am mass at St Joseph’s with 6/8 masses that the choir lead throughout the year. There is a real chance that Allegro will cease due to a lack of support from our children and young people. Our current cohort are wonderful but this would give us flexibility for sickness or other commitments the current choir have. I know there are many talented families in the congregation, whether you play an instrument or sing you are very welcome The bible asks us to use our God-given talents “As each has a received gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of Gods grace” 1 Peter 4:10. If this is something you or your children can support please get in touch with Marie – Tel: 07781 422558 / E-mail: mariebanton22@gmail.com.

The Shrine of the Sacred Heart
The Shrine of the Sacred Heart

The Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Fort Hommet, Vazon, (Perry’s Guide 13 E1 ) will be open every Tuesday & Saturday from 2:00pm-4:00pm April to October 2024.

Please check the dates on their website sacredheart.org.gg (weather permitting).

Liberation Tea Hampers - Help Needed
Liberation Tea Hampers – Help Needed

Can anyone assist an Alderney parishioner in collecting a Liberation tea hamper on May 9th.

Please call Helen in Alderney if you can help. Thank you.

Vocations
Vocations

On this Good Shepherd Sunday we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Pray for vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life, especially for our diocese.

If you are considering such a vocation, talk to your priest or contact Cn. John Cooke

Tel: 01329 318 869 / E-mail: vocations@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

Holy Spirit Group - Life in the Spirit Seminars
Holy Spirit Group – Life in the Spirit Seminars

The Life in the Spirit Seminars continue with week 2 on Monday 22nd April at 7:30pm in St Joseph’s Parish Room (Tea/Coffee from 7:00pm).

The theme this week is ‘Salvation’ and what Jesus has done for us. It’s not too late to join in so if you missed last week – don’t worry you can still come along.

Everyone is welcome!

Divine Will Prayer Group Meetings
Divine Will Prayer Group Meetings

The Divine Will Prayer Group will meet on the following days –

Tuesday 23rd April at 8:00pm at Maud’s House

Wednesday 24th April at 10:45am St. Joseph’s Parish Room

Coffee Morning
Coffee Morning

St Joseph’s Parish room at  will be open for coffee/tea, cake and a chat on Wednesday 24th April and on every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.

Drop in any time between 9.30-11.30am

This is a chance to enjoy a cup of coffee and meet up with others. Everyone is welcome!

Sts Padre Pio & Philomena Prayer Group - 25th Apr - 7:30pm
Sts Padre Pio & Philomena Prayer Group – 25th Apr – 7:30pm

Sts Padre Pio & Philomena Prayer Group meet on Thursday 25th April at 7:30pm at Jenny & Bill Trubuil home.

Phone 255163 or 07781 425779.

Rota - Cleaning - St Jospehs
Rota – Cleaning – St Jospehs

Rotas for the period June – December 2024 are now available for collection in the Sacristy File.

Please wait until the end of Mass before collecting the rota.

Parking Restrictions
Parking Restrictions

Please note that there will be no parking in the area behind St Joseph’s Sacristy on Tuesday 16th April to enable scaffolding to be erected for repairs to St. Joseph’s Church roof. Thank you.

Laudato Si - 15th April - 7:00pm - St Yves Room, St Joseph’s
Laudato Si – 15th April – 7:00pm – St Yves Room, St Joseph’s

Laudato Si meet on Monday 15th April at 7:00pm in St Yves Room, St Joseph’s.

Mothers Prayers - 19th April - 11:00am
Mothers Prayers – 19th April – 11:00am

Mothers Prayers meet on Friday 19th April at 11:00am (Tea/Coffee from 10:30am) at Christine’s house

Tel: 259995 / E-mail: christineguernsey2014@gmail.com

www.mothersprayers.org

Life Changing Ministry - 20th April - 8:30am - Les Cotils
Life Changing Ministry – 20th April – 8:30am – Les Cotils

Life Changing Ministry Ecumenical Breakfast (£8.00) on Saturday 20th April, commencing at 8:30am at Les Cotils Christian Centre.

Speaker: Rev Jan Le Billio

The title of Jan’s talk will be “Flying High on the Wings of a Dove”

Reserve your place with Jan by Wednesday 17th April – Tel: 07781 435420 / E-mail: revjanleb@gmail.com

Coffee Morning
Coffee Morning

St Joseph’s Parish Room will be open for coffee/tea, cake and a chat on Wednesday 4th April and on every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.

Drop in any time between 9:30am-11:30am.

This is a chance to enjoy a cup of coffee and meet up with others. Everyone is welcome!

Rotas - Eucharistic Ministers & Readers - St Josephs
Rotas – Eucharistic Ministers & Readers – St Josephs

Rotas for the period 21st April – 9th June 2024 are now available for collection just inside the Sacristy.

Please wait until the end of Mass before collecting the rota. Thank you.

Guernsey Prayer Walk - 18th May
Guernsey Prayer Walk – 18th May

Guernsey Prayer Walk on Saturday 18th May. Theme is ‘All Nations’.

Scriptural reference for 2024: Psalm 86:9 – All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.

Further details to follow.

AED Update
AED Update

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have already spotted the bright green cabinet on the outside wall of the sacristy at St Joseph’s. The AED (defibrillator), which was located along at the organ, has now been moved into the cabinet and is ready to use as and when it may be required. This move means the AED is now available 24/7 rather than just when the church is open and so is available to the school and parish groups as well as the wider community. Also, by next weekend over 30 additional parishioners will have completed training on using the AED and as those trained come from all the Masses as well as the many different parish groups, somebody trained in using the AED should be as close to hand as the AED should the need arise.

Message to Guernsey — Beware your life is in danger
Message to Guernsey — Beware your life is in danger

9th April 2024

I have just issued the following hard-hitting Message to the Parish of Guernsey. The island is gearing up for elections and currently there is a concerted campaign to make legal assisted suicide and euthanasia. 

Dear Canon Christopher and Parishioners of Guernsey,
YOUR LIFE AND YOUR WELL-BEING ARE UNDER THREAT

First of all, I wish you a very Happy Easter. I wish you many graces and blessings from the Lord. The death and resurrection of Christ gives us hope for our lives here on earth and the promise of eternal life with God in heaven.

I write because dark clouds are threatening the beautiful island of Guernsey. The Lord’s death and resurrection remind us of two fundamental moral truths: ‘Thou shalt not kill’ (Ex 20: 13) and ‘Love thy neighbour as thyself’ (Mk 12: 31). These are commandments Jesus taught in His life on earth and of which He gave us a wonderful example. These commandments, ‘Thou shalt not kill’ and ‘Love thy neighbour as thyself,’ form the bedrock not only of Jewish and Christian morality; they are the teaching of all religions. More, they are instinctive principles written into every human heart and they ground the laws governing every civilised society on earth. Yet there are now dark forces at work in Guernsey in the media and public life actively seeking to undermine these principles. I refer here to the campaign to legalise euthanasia, or mercy-killing, and assisted suicide. (I don’t use the term ‘assisted dying.’ I call it by the name of what it actually is: suicide).

Assisted suicide is gravely wrong for at least four reasons. First, it places an intolerable and immoral demand on medical staff, doctors and nurses. It asks them to ignore the Hippocratic Oath they take to preserve life, in order to extinguish life. Many a vet will speak of their grief at putting down a beloved family pet – “putting it out of its misery” – yet surely, we cannot treat an elderly relative in the same way? Assisted suicide would place medics in an impossible dilemma. It would ultimately undermine the trust we place in them. How would we know any more whether the doctor is working in our best interests?

Secondly, to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide would undermine palliative care and the work of care-homes. After all, it is easier and cheaper to kill someone than to care for them. Yes, frailty, pain and infirmity are a difficult trial and the terminally ill can experience despair. Yet, thanks be to God for the amazing advances medical science has made. Britain is a leader in palliative care with methods and drugs that can manage pain right to the end. The Church always works to relieve suffering but as a Christian, I would add that in union with Christ, it is possible to find from Him all the patience and energy we need to sustain suffering – to ‘carry the cross’ (Mt 16: 24) – and to turn it into a positive good for others. This is the meaning of Easter, when Jesus underwent death at the hands of those who had decided it was better for society to have Him extinguished.

Thirdly, the possibility of assisted suicide puts intolerable pressure on the sick and the elderly. It makes them feel they are a burden on their family and a financial burden. Yet when we love someone, efficiency and cost-saving is irrelevant. How can helping someone to commit suicide ever be compassionate? It is evil masquerading as a kindness. As one of your Deputies said recently in the newspaper: “Considerable savings could be realised if assisted dying was to be introduced here in the island”. Seeking to justify himself, he added “Many people don’t want to keep on living, and I think we need to put a figure on that.”

And fourthly, as in Belgium and elsewhere where assisted suicide and euthanasia have been legalised, the legislation gradually keeps creeping forward, expanding to cover more and more categories: sick children, people with autism, those with dementia, the depressed, the mentally ill, the handicapped and others whose lives someone else decides are not worth living. In Canada, almost 5% of deaths are now by lethal injection. Recently, I read about a Canadian doctor boasting that she had helped hundreds and hundreds of people to die: she said it was the “most rewarding work she had ever done.” This is chilling stuff.

I write to you now because your local politicians and pressure groups are raising the question of legalising assisted suicide and this is likely to gather momentum in the next few months before the formal election campaigns begin. I want to appeal to all people of common sense and good will to reject these alarming proposals, and to redouble the compassionate care of those who are terminally ill. Let there be no death-clinics in Guernsey. Don’t let Guernsey become a destination for suicide tourism. The right to die would inevitably become the duty to die – and the right to make another die.

I appeal to Catholics to mobilise. Don’t be persuaded by emotional pitches in the media. Speak out against this sinister proposal. Raise it with the candidates in the forthcoming elections. It is never permissible to use an evil means to do good. Suicide is a mortal sin and helping someone commit suicide is a mortal sin. For we believe in assisted living, not assisted dying. Death is not pain relief; it is the transition to a glorious new life in heaven with God our Father and Creator.

In Corde Iesu,
+Philip
Bishop of Portsmouth

 

Thank You
Thank You

Canon Chris and Fr Inna thank you all for the cards and Easter offerings.

Special thanks to ALL who helped prepare the Churches for Easter including the Altar Servers, cleaners, musicians, choirs, welcomers, flower arrangers etc.

IMPORTANT NOTICE - SAFEGUARDING TRAINING TO ALL CHURCH VOLUNTEERS AND ANYONE THAT IS INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING
IMPORTANT NOTICE – SAFEGUARDING TRAINING TO ALL CHURCH VOLUNTEERS AND ANYONE THAT IS INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING

TRAINING EVENT – CHILD PROTECTION AND WORKING WITH ADULTS AT RISK

Julie Minal, the Diocese Safeguarding Training Officer, will be holding this event on Saturday 11th May at 10:00am–4:00pm in St. Joseph’s Parish Room.  This is to receive updated training in relation to safeguarding matters with content being tailored to your roles in ministry.

This is in accordance with the National Safeguarding Standards training which must be completed every 2 years. There will be a mid-morning tea break and lunch at 12:30pm; please bring a packed lunch.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing the Parish Office or Bridget Cowens – Tel: 07781 467591 / E-mail: safeguarding.gueols@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk.

We look forward to meeting you all.

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group Meetings
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group Meetings

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER GROUP

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group meet Monday 8th April in the St Magloire Parish Room, St. Joseph’s.

Tea/Coffee from 7:00pm, prayer group starts at 7.30pm

For more information please contact Frank on 07781 108394

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINARS

A gentle reminder – Starting on Monday 15th April at 7:30pm (Tea/Coffee from 7:00pm) just for an hour in St Joseph’s Parish Room. The seminars are a series of 7 sessions aimed at renewing our faith and our understanding of the Holy Spirit and His gifts. Everyone is welcome, even if you have attended these before. If you have questions, or to find out more, come along to the introductory evening on Monday 8th April at 7:30pm (Tea/Coffee from 7:00pm) in St Joseph’s Parish Room.

Coffee Mornings
Coffee Mornings

St Joseph’s Parish Room will be open for coffee/tea, cake and a chat on Wednesday 10th April and on every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.

Drop in any time between 9:30am-11:30am.

This is a chance to enjoy a cup of coffee and meet up with others. Everyone is welcome!

Divine Will Prayer Group Meetings
Divine Will Prayer Group Meetings

The Divine Will Prayer Group will meet on the following days –

Tuesday 9th/23rd April at 8:00pm at Maud’s House

Thursday 11th April after Adoration in St. Joseph’s Parish Room

Wednesday 24th April at 10:45 in St. Joseph’s Parish Room

The Shrine of the Sacred Heart
The Shrine of the Sacred Heart

The Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Fort Hommet, Vazon, (Perry’s Guide 13 E1 ) will be open every Tuesday & Saturday from 2:00pm-4:00pm April to October 2024.

Please check the dates on their website sacredheart.org.gg (weather permitting).

Vocations
Vocations

“Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, so I send you.”

If you are considering to be a priest, deacon, sister or brother who proclaims the truth and peace of Jesus Christ, talk to your priest or contact Cn. John Cooke.

E-mail: vocations@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk / Tel: 01329 318 869

Le Platon Lottery Results - March
Le Platon Lottery Results – March

Le Platon results of the March draw –

1st – 74 – £100

2nd – 94 – £50

3rd – 41 – £25

The Liturgy Project
The Liturgy Project

Fr Anthony Fyk Director of Liturgy is delighted to announce that he is organising two training days in 2024 – one for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and one for Readers.

These will be held at St Bede’s Church and Hall in Basingstoke as follows:

Day for EMHC – Saturday 4th May

Day for Readers – Saturday 19th October

Both days will run from 9:30am to 2:30pm and will include some light refreshments.

Please enrol now if you would like to by emailing liturgy@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk. Further information to follow.

Portsmouth Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2024
Portsmouth Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2024

Portsmouth Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2024 on the 22nd July for 4 nights £859pp sharing.

The pilgrimage always includes the key Lourdes experiences. There include Torchlight and Blessed Sacrament processions, International Mass, walking in the footsteps of St Bernadette, visit the Grotto, stations of the cross and responding to Our Lady’s call to bathe in the spring waters.

Furthermore, we take a trip into the mountains, taking in the Hautes-Pyrenees culture and for the brave, a mountain hike!

To get in touch, either send an email to lourdes@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk or you can call us on 07780 221686. Posters at back of the three churches.

AED/Defibrillator Training
AED/Defibrillator Training

Some 25 parishioners have already signed up to do the AED training on 6th or 20th April. This is great and thank you, but if you haven’t done so already and wish to undertake this potentially life-saving training opportunity, please email Gerri Cale Gerri.cale@gmail.com without delay. The course on 6th April is full but there are still a few spaces left on 20th April. An email will be sent to all participants to confirm the time and date for their training.

Clocks Change Forward 1 Hour
Clocks Change Forward 1 Hour

Don’t forget to change your clocks forward 1 hour on Sunday 31st March.

Sunday Mass Schedule - Weekend 6th/7th April
Sunday Mass Schedule – Weekend 6th/7th April

Canon Chris will be on holiday from 6th-13th April. As only Fr Inna will be on Island the following is the schedule –

Mass times for Weekend 6th/7th April

6:00pm – Vigil Mass (Saturday) – St Joseph’s
8:00am – Sunday Mass – St Joseph’s
10:30am – Sunday Mass – St Joseph’s

Andrew Warren and the Delancey Music Group will play at the Saturday Vigil Mass. Please note extra parking provision will be available at Vauvert School .

RICA Candidates
RICA Candidates

We warmly welcome this weekend into the Catholic Church and our parish community – Jacqueline Golden and Adam Le Huray to be baptized and received into full communion with the Church. Joana Rodrigues, Samuel Teixeira and Marcio Freitas to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. We wish them all every blessing of the risen Christ.

Car Parking / Road Access
Car Parking / Road Access

CAR PARKING OVER EASTER WEEKEND

We have been given the kind permission to use the car park at Vauvert School on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. Please use this to ease congestion at St Joseph’s car park. Thank you

ACCESS TO ST JOSEPH’S CHURCH UNTIL 6TH APRIL

The Grange opened earlier than expected on 28th March! Access to the church is restored!

Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service - 31st March - 6:30am - Les Cotils
Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service – 31st March – 6:30am – Les Cotils

The Sunrise Celebration at Les Cotils on Easter Sunday morning, commences at 6:30am for prompt start as sunrise at 6:47am at the foot of the Cross on the lawn. Everyone is welcome to stay for breakfast (£7.50) afterwards (optional) – please book via Les Cotils.

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group Meetings
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group Meetings

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER GROUP

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group meet on Monday 1st April in St Magloire Parish Room, St. Joseph’s.

Tea/Coffee from 7:00pm, prayer group starts at 7:30pm. For more information please contact Frank on 07781 108394.

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINARS

Starting Monday 15th April at 7:30pm (Tea/Coffee from 7:00pm) just for an hour in St Joseph’s Parish Room. The seminars are a series of 7 sessions aimed at renewing our faith and our understanding of the Holy Spirit and His gifts. All welcome, even if you have attended these before. If you have questions, or to find out more, come along to the introductory evening on Monday 8th April.

2ND SUNDAY OF EASTER (DIVINE MERCY)

On Sunday 7th April at 2:45pm in St. Joseph’s Church followed by some light refreshments in the Parish Room.

Legion of Mary - Annual Acies Service - 13th April - 2:30pm - St. Joseph’s Church
Legion of Mary – Annual Acies Service – 13th April – 2:30pm – St. Joseph’s Church

The Auxiliary and Active Members of the Legion of Mary are holding their Annual Acies Service on Saturday 13th April at 2:30pm at St. Joseph’s Church. We hope that those attending will be able to stay for a Social get-together over afternoon tea, circa, 3:30pm–4:30pm.

R.S.V.P either Maud – Tel: 729445 or Viv – Tel: 254969

If you require transport, please let us know when responding.

The Shrine of the Sacred Heart - Opening Times
The Shrine of the Sacred Heart – Opening Times

The Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Fort Hommet, Vazon, (Perry’s Guide 13 E1 ) will be open on the following dates Saturday 30th March and every Tuesday & Saturday from 2:00pm-4:00pm April to October 2024. Please check the dates on their website sacredheart.org.gg (weather permittng).

AED/Defibrillator Training
AED/Defibrillator Training

Some 25 parishioners have already signed up to do the AED training on 6th or 20th April. This is great and thank you, but if you haven’t done so already and wish to undertake this potentially life-saving training opportunity, please email Gerri Cale Gerri.cale@gmail.com without delay. The course on 6th April is almost full but there are still spaces for the one on 20th April. An email will be sent to all participants to confirm the time and date for their training.

Easter Break
Easter Break

We would like to wish all the teachers and students a wonderful Easter break. This is a time when we rejoice in the new life Christ gave us through His death and resurrection. We wish every family a very peace-filled Easter and restful holiday.

Canon Chris, Fr Inna, Deacon Mark & Canon Hetherington

IMPORTANT: MONDAY 25TH MARCH
IMPORTANT: MONDAY 25TH MARCH

Please note that both the St. Apolline Mass and Our Lady Star of the Sea Stations of the Cross will not take place this Monday. This is due to Canon Chris officiating at a Funeral at Delancey and Fr Inna attending the Chrism Mass in Portsmouth.

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER GROUP
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group will be meeting on Monday 25th March. Instead of our usual monthly Adoration evening we will join the parish community for Adoration in St Joseph’s Church from 7:00pm-8:00pm. We will then go to the Parish Room for a short prayer group meeting (until 8:45pm) and will end the evening with teas and coffees.

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINARS
This is a series of 7 sessions on Monday evenings in St Joseph’s Parish Room starting on 15th April. If you missed the Diocesan online Life in the Spirit Seminars last year, this is a chance to attend in person and if you have attended these seminars in the past it is always beneficial to do them again as a renewal of our faith and of our relationship with the Holy Spirit.

Coffee Mornings
Coffee Mornings

St Joseph’s Parish Room will be open for coffee/tea, cake and a chat on Wednesday 27th March and on every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.

Drop in any time between 9:30-11:30am. This is a chance to enjoy a cup of coffee, meet up with others and keep warm in this cold weather!

Everyone is welcome!

Blessing - Easter baskets - Holy Saturday
Blessing – Easter baskets – Holy Saturday

‘ŚWIĘCONKA’ ięconka meaning “the blessing of the Easter baskets” is one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions on Holy Saturday during Easter. With roots dating back to the early history of Poland. Baskets containing a sampling of Easter foods are brought to church to be Blessed on Holy Saturday 11:00am at St Joseph’s Church.

Lenten Talks - Thank You
Lenten Talks – Thank You

A big thank you to all who have supported the Lenten talks so wholeheartedly. It was good to see so many attending as part of our Lenten journey. A special thanks to all our speakers and the ladies of the UCM who provided our refreshments on the final night.

Good Friday Collection - Christians in the Holy Land - 29th March
Good Friday Collection – Christians in the Holy Land – 29th March

The Pontifical Good Friday Collection supports the Christian community in the Middle East. This last year has been particularly challenging for this small community which seeks ‘to be the salt, light and leaven of the Gospel’ in the region, often living in difficult circumstances. Here is the link to the Give As You Live page for this Good Friday: https://donate.giveasyoulive.com/fundraising/good-fridaycollection-for-christians-in-the-holy-land. Thank you

Confession Dates/Times
Confession Dates/Times

There will be no formal Lent Reconciliation Service this year. Canon Chris and Father Inna will be available at the following times next week to hear confessions. Please do try to come early to avoid a last minute rush during Holy Week. More confession times will be advertised for Holy Week.

Tuesday 19th March – St. Josephs – 7:00pm-7:30pm – Confessions & Exposition
Wednesday 20th March – St. Josephs – 7:00pm-8:00pm – Confessions & Exposition (Holy Hour)
Friday 22nd March – St. Josephs – Confessions after Stations of the Cross
Saturday 23rd March – St. Josephs – 10:30am-11:30am – Confessions & Exposition
Saturday  23rd March – OLSS – 5:15pm-5:50pm – Confessions
Sunday 24th March – OLSS – 8:45am-9:00am – Confessions
Sunday 24th March – St. Josephs – Confessions after 10:30am Mass
Sunday 24th March – Notre Dame – 5:30pm-5:50pm – Confessions

St Apollines Mass - Monday 18th March - 10:00am
St Apollines Mass – Monday 18th March – 10:00am

For this week only the Mass will be held at the earlier time of 10:00am to enable Canon Chris and Father Inna to fly to Jersey at lunchtime to assist with confessions. They will return on the first flight on Tuesday morning.

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group Meetings
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group Meetings

HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER GROUP

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group meet Monday 18th March at 7:30pm in the St Magloire Parish Room, St Joseph’s.

More info please call Frank on 07781 108394.

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINARS

This is a series of 7 sessions on Monday evenings in St Joseph’s Parish Room starting on April 15th. If you missed the Diocesan online Life in the Spirit Seminars last year, this is a chance to attend in person, and if you have attended these seminars in the past it is always beneficial to do them again as a renewal of our faith and of our relationship with the Holy Spirit.

Laudato Si Group - 18th March - 7:00pm - St Yves Parish Room
Laudato Si Group – 18th March – 7:00pm – St Yves Parish Room

Laudato Si Group meet on Monday 18th March at 7:00pm in St Yves Parish Room.

Sts Padre Pio & Philomena Prayer Group - 21st March - 7:30pm
Sts Padre Pio & Philomena Prayer Group – 21st March – 7:30pm

Sts Padre Pio & Philomena Prayer Group meet on Thursday 21st March at 7:30pm at Jenny & Bill’s home.

Phone 255163 or 07781 425779.

Pastoral Letter - Bishop Philip
Pastoral Letter – Bishop Philip

The Pastoral Letter from Bishop Philip will be read at all Sunday Masses this weekend. Copies are available in the churches or can be viewed on the Diocesan Website or obtained from the Parish Office.

Access to St Josephs Church until 6th April
Access to St Josephs Church until 6th April

Please note the entire junction of the Grange, Doyle Road and Vauvert is now shut until 6th April. Access to St Joseph’s is via Vauvert against the one way system. Either travel through Trinity Square, George Street and then into Allez Street and turn right into Vauvert or travel up the Grange, turn left into Havilland Street and then right onto Allez Street and follow one way into Vauvert. Please take care when exiting the church car parks as the road is one way only towards Victoria Road.

Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday

Next Sunday palms will be available in our 3 churches for blessing; please pick one up on the way in. You are also most welcome to bring greenery from home if you so wish.

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group - 11th March - 7:30pm - St Magloire Parish Room, St Joseph’s
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – 11th March – 7:30pm – St Magloire Parish Room, St Joseph’s

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group meet Monday 11th March at 7:30pm in the St Magloire Parish Room, St Joseph’s.

For more info please call Frank on 07781 108394.

Date for the Diary

On Monday evenings after Easter the Holy Spirit Prayer Group will be facilitating the ‘Life in the Spirit Seminars’ – a series of 7 sessions to bring about a renewal of our faith and a greater awareness of the Holy Spirit and His gifts. More details to follow.

Coffee Morning - 13th March - 9:30am-11:30am - St Joseph’s Parish Room
Coffee Morning – 13th March – 9:30am-11:30am – St Joseph’s Parish Room

St Joseph’s Parish Room at will be open for coffee/tea, cake and a chat on Wednesday 13th March and on every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.

Drop in any time between 9:30am-11:30am.

This is a chance to enjoy a cup of coffee, meet up with others and keep warm in this cold weather! Everyone is welcome!

Divine Will Prayer Group Meetings
Divine Will Prayer Group Meetings

Divine Will Prayer Group meet Tuesday 12th March at 8:00pm at Maud’s home and Wednesday 13th March at 10:45am in St Yves Parish Room, St Joseph’s.

Mothers Prayers - 15th March - 10:30am
Mothers Prayers – 15th March – 10:30am

Mothers Prayers meet Friday 15th March at 11:00am (Tea/Coffee from 10:30am) at Christine’s home.

Tel: 259995 / E-mail: christineguernsey2014@gmail.com / www.mothersprayers.org

AED/Defibrillator Training
AED/Defibrillator Training

Arrangements are in hand to relocate the AED/defibrillator from its current location alongside the organ in St Joseph’s to a cabinet in the car park near the sacristy door. This will mean that the AED will be accessible 24/7 regardless of whether the church is open. Mindful that having an AED is only part of the solution should someone’s heart stop, training is being offered to any parishioners wanting to learn how to use it. The training will be provided by the Cardiac Action Group and will be held in the Parish Rooms on Saturday 6th and 20tj April starting at 11.00am. 18 places are available for each session and will be offered in a first come basis. We hope that somebody from each of the Parish Groups who use the Parish Rooms will attend, as well as people from each of the Masses. Please email Gerri Cale (gerri.cale@gmail.com) to register for one of the two sessions, specifying if you have a preference for date.

Le Platon Lottery Results - Feb
Le Platon Lottery Results – Feb

Le Platon 100 Club February Results

1st – 45 – £100

2nd – 5 – £50

3rd – 17 – £25

Life Changing Ministry Breakfast Talk - 16th March - 8:30am - Les Cotils
Life Changing Ministry Breakfast Talk – 16th March – 8:30am – Les Cotils

A Missionary Priest “To the Ends of the Earth” on the 16th March at 8:30am – Breakfast at Les Cotils £8.00.

The speaker is Rt Rev Nick Drayson, formerly Bishop of Argentina and now rector of Castel Church.

Please reserve your place – Tel: 07781 435420 / E-mail: revjanleb@gmail.com

CAFOD Big Lent Walk
CAFOD Big Lent Walk

During Lent, Notre Dame du Rosaire Catholic Primary school are helping support our global neighbours who live in poverty by once again taking part in the CAFOD Big Lent Walk. As a school, we’re raising money by aiming to walk 40,952 miles during Lent. This distance represents us walking from Guernsey, around the world visiting the 27 amazing countries our pupils and families come from and finishing back in Guernsey. Every mile we walk will represent 4 miles on the map. To achieve this, we are encouraging the children and staff to walk as much as they can during Lent and to record their walks and the distances travelled which we will then add to our whole school total.

This roughly equates to 40 miles per child during lent and within the first week, we have walked around the British Isles, been to Portugal, Madeira and are halfway to Venezuela! Our Laudato Si pupil group have spoken on Radio Guernsey about our efforts and the recording can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0h93977 and is 1 hour and 40 minutes into the programme – 1:40:34

Can you help us by also walking 40 miles in 40 days?

Caution
Caution

Parishioners who park their cars on the yellow line or the pavement on Sunday’s outside St. Joseph’s Church: please do not park there. You are breaking the law as well as preventing the house owners opposite from exiting their properties. A number of years ago a similar situation arose and the police were called. We do not wish this to happen again . Thank you. Please note overflow parking at Vauvert School this weekend.

Receiving Holy Communion
Receiving Holy Communion

The Clergy have noticed that there is a tendency for some people to walk off with Holy Communion; this is absolutely not allowed. Please make a sign of Reverence before you receive Holy Communion with a bow or Genuflection. You will receive Holy Communion in your normal way either on the tongue or in the hand; if you are receiving in the hand please consume in front of the Priest or Minister – do not step to one side or walk off with our Blessed Lord. When back in your seat please kneel for your thanksgiving prayers. We are receiving the greatest gift The Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ.

The Live Simply Tree
The Live Simply Tree

The Live Simply Tree is located beside the confessional box at St. Joseph and on the noticeboards at Notre Dame and Our Lady Star of the Sea.

Please write out your pledge on the sticky note provided before placing it on the tree.

We as a Parish are working towards the CAFOD Live Simply Award!

‘CAFOD Live Simply: Living in Solidarity with the poor’

Laudato Si
Laudato Si

If you are concerned about the problem of plastic use you may be interested in taking part in “The Big Plastic Count” that is taking place nationally from the 11th – 17th March. For more information go to help@thebigplasticcount.com and measure and record your own plastic use and “throwaway” over a week; it’s an island, national and worldwide problem.

Guernsey Welfare
Guernsey Welfare

Are you giving up something for Lent? Would you consider giving something to Guernsey Welfare’s food bank in place of the item you are going without? We would love to receive any of the following: Sugar, Crisps (6 multipack), Jam, Coffee, Marmite or Pasta Sauce or any other food staple you would like to give. Please place items in the tubs provided in our churches. Many thanks from the Guernsey Welfare team.

Bamenda Update
Bamenda Update

Bamenda update on the well for Ntenefor Parish in Bamenda from Liz Dene. As we start Lent 2024, I wanted to give an update on the progress of the well which our Parish is funding from our 2023 Lenten almsgiving. The Bamenda Committee is still waiting on the geological survey report to confirm the proposed site for the well is suitable and to determine how deep to drill to reach the water table. As soon as the report has been received, assuming all is satisfactory, work can start without further delay. Whilst disappointing that the work has yet to start, this part of the year is best for drilling wells in Bamenda. The Committee has also agreed to allocate up to £5,000 to ensure the full costs, including a solar powered pump to draw the water are met.

Rotas - Eucharistic Ministers & Readers - St Josephs
Rotas – Eucharistic Ministers & Readers – St Josephs

Eucharistic Ministers & Readers (St Josephs) rotas for the period 25th February – 14th April 2024 are now available for collection just inside the Sacristy.

Please wait until the end of Mass before collecting the rota.

LENT - Bishop Philip
LENT – Bishop Philip

During the season of Lent, the Church invites us by God’s grace to undertake three works that, we pray, will lead to our spiritual renewal, preparing us to celebrate Easter. I’d like to invite you to send in anything you are doing so that others too might consider them: something modest and easily do-able. The only condition is that it must fall clearly under one of the categories below. We’ll add to the list below as the weeks go on, thus building up a resource for future years.
Please email your proposals to Deacon Craig: executiveassistant@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

1. Works of (daily) prayer: Attending Mass; saying part of the Rosary; making the Stations of the Cross; prayerfully reading the Gospel of the day; reading a daily meditation (online or from a book); reading a spiritual book (lives of the saints, prayer, aspect of faith); saying Morning Prayer or another part of the Divine Office.

2. Works of fasting: giving up tea, coffee, chocolate or alcohol; giving up a favourite biscuit, fruit, food or sugar in a drink; not snacking between meals; fasting on Fridays; cutting back using the computer, social media or watching TV.

3. Works of almsgiving and charity: assisting a parish charitable activity; visiting someone who is sick or elderly; volunteering when an appeal is made; saving money from a work of fasting and donating it to a good charitable cause; supporting CAFOD and Caritas; a work of ‘advocacy’ campaigning for a just cause (e.g. writing to an MP); random acts of kindness at school, work or in the home; giving up idle conversation.

Lent
Lent

ASH WEDNESDAY 14TH FEBRUARY
A day of Fasting and Abstinence Distribution of ashes at all Masses

7:30am & 6:00pm – St. Joseph’s
11:00am – Our Lady Star of the Sea

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Will take place for 15 minutes before all the weekday Masses of Lent

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Fridays at 6:00pm in St Joseph’s Church. Led each week by a different Parish Group.

Laudato Si
Laudato Si

The Laudato Si group have registered for our Parish for the CAFOD Live Simply Award and they need everyone’s help to achieve this. The award is gained by completing several targets which involve living simply (e.g. more time in prayer and with God), living sustainably and living in solidarity with the poor. The Lihou pilgrimage and the Big Lent Walk are just two examples of how we have already achieved some of these targets together.

This Lent we would like you all to make a personal pledge to live more sustainably. This could be to walk to work instead or using the car or taking unused items to a charity shop. Paper and pens will be provided in the porch of each church for you to write your pledge on before placing it on the tree which will be on display. We would also like the Parish as a whole to say the CAFOD Live Simply prayer, in Mass, in school and at home. Living simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor is truly our faith in action.

‘Live simply, so that others may simply live’

LIVE SIMPLY PRAYER
Compassionate and loving God,
you created the world for us all to share,
a world of beauty and plenty.
Create in us a desire to live simply,
so that our lives may reflect your
generosity.
Creator God,
You gave us responsibility for the earth,
a world of riches and delight.
Create in us a desire to live sustainably,
so that those who follow after us
may enjoy the fruits of your creation.
God of peace and justice,
You give us the capacity to change,
to bring about a world that mirrors your
wisdom.
Create in us a desire to act in solidarity,
so that the pillars of injustice crumble
and those now crushed are set free.
Amen.

Mass
Mass

In recent years, a false idea has arisen that envisages the Mass as something we do, rather than what God is doing. In fact, in the Sacrifice of the Mass, Jesus offers Himself to the Father through the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit associates us with Christ’s prayer and offering. This is why the Mass is not ours; it is God’s work. In my Pastoral Letter dated 10 March 2013, I would like to invite everyone to review their attitude towards the Mass, to celebrate Mass authentically, to focus at Mass on Christ, not on ourselves as priests or people. It is important, of course, that we do our part, that we abide diligently by the rubrics, that we participate actively with due reverence, and that in our parishes, schools and communities, we foster the full variety and nobility of the Roman Rite, in its liturgical and musical styles, although always with the best examples. In this regard, many of our communities are now international, and so I wish to ask each parish and school to ensure, as Vatican II called for, that everyone knows the Latin prayers and the Latin chants of the Mass, at least those given in the Missal. This is important in itself and for the young, but also as a work of evangelisation: that any visitor will know they have reached the universal ‘Church of the Ages’. Bishop Philip

WINGS 50th Anniversary Year!
WINGS 50th Anniversary Year!

WINGS, World In Need Group Scheme, was set up in 1974 as a sub-committee of the Deanery Pastoral Council. The aims in the WINGS constitution were to raise awareness of the ‘problems and needs of the Third World (as it was designated at the time), and our responsibilities towards it, to raise funds to alleviate injustice and suffering and to liaise with other Christian organisations to that end’. High ideals indeed!
Founder members were Frank Murphy, our first chairman, Angela Le Page, secretary, Bernard Gill, treasurer, Ian Le Page, Martin Gill, Vivienne Counihan (Thomson), Margaret Edmondson, Ann O’Mahoney, Don Hearne, Lilian Hamilton, Nigel Massey and Moira Murphy and Fr Bernard Fisher and Fr Martin Laker. Later stalwarts include Anne and Bryan Mauger, who kept WINGS going in the 90s, Helen Curran (Foxen) and Margaret Langlois.
On a personal note, a motivating factor in founding WINGS was as a memorial to Mary Gill, Bernard’s daughter, my sister and a pupil at Notre Dame, who had died that year, aged 11, from leukaemia. She was greatly distressed by the suffering due to a famine in Ethiopia and counted herself lucky to be so well cared for.
Our main partner was CAFOD, the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development. CAFOD had a scheme whereby groups in Catholic parishes could choose a project such as the digging of a well in a village, providing sewing machines to create cottage industries, or books for schools etc. We were provided with a description and the cost of the project then raised funds by means of a monthly second collection from the Catholic churches. WINGS also managed the biannual CAFOD Family Fast Days and Christian Aid Week, providing door to door collectors in the St Peter Port area.
When Portsmouth Catholic Diocese was twinned with Bamenda, Cameroon in the same year, WINGS took on the request of Bishop
Worlock to raise £1,000 toward the building of a church and community centre in Bamenda. An appeal was made at the end of Masses by WINGS members. The Catholic community in Guernsey responded with huge generosity and over £1200 was donated in a month. Bear in mind that today £1200 would have a value of around £12,000. Besides funding projects in the developing countries, WINGS members also gave talks in the Catholic schools, held film nights, produced a news sheet describing the projects funded by parishioners donations, researched the provision of Fair Trade products like coffee and liaised with the other parish groups such as UCM, Knights of St Columba, Legion of Mary, Friday Club, the Co Workers of Mother Teresa and ICYC, the Catholic Youth club.
Times changed and membership changed as did the frequency of collections. The small projects were no longer provided by CAFOD but WINGS continues to support the CAFOD emergency appeals, unfortunately still necessary to this day. Currently WINGS sends yearly donations to the work of the Salesians for the street children of Liberia (Fr Charles Chauvel), the Holy Family Children’s Home in Bethlehem (Canon Hetherington) . Wayaya (Marian and Tony Falla) and Friends of Katete (Peter and Margaret Keeling) have also received WINGS donations over the years. Both the Bamenda appeal and CAFOD Family Fast Days became independent of WINGS.
Today WINGS receives 3 second collections a year raising approximately £1800 a year. However, when Emergency Appeals are made the average of £600 rises to the £1000s. Over 50 years it is hard to put a figure on the contribution made by the Catholics of Guernsey through WINGS to the ‘alleviation of suffering’, especially allowing for the huge change in the value of money but it is well over £100,000 not allowing for inflation. So well done to our Catholic Community whose heart is always in the right place when appealing for those less fortunate than we are.
Thank you for your prayers and generosity.
Angela Le Page

Lenten Talks - 7:00pm – 8:00pm - St Joseph's Church
Lenten Talks – 7:00pm – 8:00pm – St Joseph’s Church

February 15th        Deacon Mark Leightley
‘Sin, The Elephant in The Room’

February 20th         Rev Jan Le Billon
‘The Amazing Grace of God’s gift of Salvation, Transformation, and Renewal through the Lord Jesus Christ.’

March 7th                      Sir Richard Collas
‘The Why and How of Caring for our Neighbour in Guernsey’.

March 21st                  The Rt Rev Peter Doyle Emeritus Bishop of Northampton
‘Our Faith’
This last evening only will commence with Mass at 6pm prior to the talk at 7pm followed by refreshments in the parish room at 8pm.

Mass - St Apolline Chapel
Mass – St Apolline Chapel

Mass will be celebrated at St Apolline Chapel at 11:00am on Monday’s during Lent – La Grande Rue, St Saviour, GY8 0DS. Parking in the road.

Diocesan Event
Diocesan Event

The Diocesan Dialogue with Cultural Sector Team is hosting a Symposium on medical and social ethics entitled ‘What it means to be Human’ on Saturday 16th March at The Arc, Winchester. Tickets are priced at £20 for the day, including sandwiches and refreshments and can be purchased at  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-does-it-mean-to-be-humanmedical-ethics-and-social-care-today-tickets-773097012977?aff=oddtdtcreator