The Messenger 3rd February 2023

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Mass Times

Saturday 04th February

10:00am – St Josephs – Mass

6:00pm – OLSS – Mass

 

Sunday 05th February

8:00am – St Josephs – Mass

9:15am – OLSS – Mass

10:30am – St Josephs – Mass

4:30pm – St Josephs – Sung Evening Prayer and Benediction

6:00pm – Notre Dame – Mass

 

Monday 06th February – St Paul Miki & Companions, Martyrs, Memorial

7:30am – St Josephs – Mass

No Noon Mass

 

Tuesday 07th February – St John Bosco, Founder, Memorial

9:30am – St Josephs – Mass

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

 

Wednesday 08th February

9:30am – St Josephs – Mass

No Evening Mass

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

 

Thursday 09th February

9:30am – St Josephs – Mass

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

6:00pm – OLSS – Mass

 

Friday 10th February – St Scholastica, Religious, Memorial

7:30am – St Josephs – Mass

11:00am – Le Platon – Mass

 

Saturday 11th February

10:00am – St Josephs – Mass

6:00pm – OLSS – Mass

 

Sunday 12th February

8:00am – St Josephs – Mass

9:15am – OLSS – Mass

10:30am – St Josephs – Mass

4:30pm – St Josephs – Sung Evening Prayer and Benediction

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
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 Officers

St Joseph: Bridget Cowens:
(01481) 701398 : 07781 467591

Our Lady Star of the Sea: Paul Robilliard
07781 107685

Youth Ministry Coordinator

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

 

Personal data held by the Parish and the Diocese of Portsmouth is processed in accordance with the Diocese’s Privacy Notice which can be obtained from www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/gdpr or a paper copy may be obtained from the Parish Office (contact details above).

Anti-financial crime policy

Recordings of Mass and other services:

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group - 6th Feb - 7:00pm - St Joseph’s Parish Room
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – 6th Feb – 7:00pm – St Joseph’s Parish Room

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group meet on Monday 6th February in St Joseph’s Parish Room.

Tea/Coffee from 7:00pm, prayer group starts at 7:30pm.

For more information please contact Frank on 07781 108394.

Divine Will Prayer Group Meetings
Divine Will Prayer Group Meetings

Divine Will Prayer Group on Tuesday 7th February at 7:00pm at the Centre For Peace and Wednesday 8th February at 10:30am at Notre Dame du Rosaire Church.

All welcome – Just turn up.

Laudato Si
Laudato Si

LAUDATO SI

Next meeting will take place on Monday 13th February at 7:00pm in St Joseph’s St Yves Room. All welcome to attend.

EXCITING PARISH CHALLENGE!

Laudato Si are organising the BIG Lent Walk on behalf of CAFOD, to take place during the whole of Lent. The aim will be that volunteers of all ages from the Parish will obtain sponsorship to collectively walk from Guernsey to Bamenda in support of our brothers and sisters in our twin Diocese. CAFOD are suggesting a target walk of 5kms (3.1m) per person per day, but more or less would be fine. More details in next weeks Messenger!

Parish Befrienders - Date for Diary
Parish Befrienders – Date for Diary

The first Parish Befrienders tea party of 2023 for housebound, frail and elderly parishioners will be on Saturday 4th March. This will be held in the Alzheimers Centre, Delancey at 2:45pm preceded by Benediction in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church at 2:30pm. More details to follow. If you know of anyone who you think will appreciate an invitation would you please let the Parish Office know in the first instance.

UCM - 14th Feb - 7:30pm - St Joseph’s Parish Room
UCM – 14th Feb – 7:30pm – St Joseph’s Parish Room

UCM meet on Tuesday 14th February at 7:30pm in St Joseph’s Parish Room.

Rob Ferbrache will show and talk on his “Bird Photographs”. There will be a raffle.

Le Platon Lottery Results - Jan
Le Platon Lottery Results – Jan

Le Platon results of the January draw

1st – 86 – 100

2nd – 16 – £50

3rd – 99 – £25

Prayer Book
Prayer Book

Would you like to have the prayer book Lord I am Not Worthy on your mobile, laptop or iPad? People have asked me whether this possible. Well yes – now it is.

Go to the link to download a copy and then save it to your device https://mcusercontent.com/04bcc8430c87c5529461e65e6/ files/1952c532-944b-6c05-b06c-0509acd1a2d0/ Lord_I_am_not_worthy.pdf

Remember too, that if you would like a larger print copy (A5) then email events@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk .

Bishop Philip

A Gap Year Opportunity
A Gap Year Opportunity

Are you 18-30, or do you know someone who is? Do you want to develop a wide range of skills including leadership while learning about global justice and inspiring others to use their faith in action? CAFOD the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development believes in equipping and inspiring young adults to contribute to a more just and peaceful world. Step into the Gap is a fully funded year of volunteering with food, accommodation, stipend and training within a UK placement plus a Rome and Assisi pilgrimage.

Visit the CAFOD website for more information: cafod.org.uk/gap year.

Coffee Morning - Every 2nd Wednesday
Coffee Morning – Every 2nd Wednesday

St Joseph’s Parish Room will be open for coffee, cake and a chat on every 2nd Wednesday of the month commencing on WEDNESDAY 8th FEBRUARY.

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

 

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group - Adoration - 30th Jan - 7:30pm-8:45pm - St Joseph’s Parish Room
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – Adoration – 30th Jan – 7:30pm-8:45pm – St Joseph’s Parish Room

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group will be having an evening of ‘Adoration’ on Monday 30th January from 7:30pm-8:45pm and also on the 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 month it will take place in St Joseph’s Parish Room. Tea and Coffee will be available from 7:00pm.

Anyone is invited to join us for these ‘Adoration’ evenings, even if you do not normally come to the prayer group.

Rosary - Beatification of Edel Quinn - 29th Jan - 2:00pm - St Joseph’s Church
Rosary – Beatification of Edel Quinn – 29th Jan – 2:00pm – St Joseph’s Church

Rosary for the beatification of Edel Quinn (Legion of Mary) on Sunday 29th January at 2:00pm in St Joseph’s Church.

Divine Will Prayer Group Meetings
Divine Will Prayer Group Meetings

Divine Will Prayer Group meet on Tuesday 7th February at 7:00pm at the Centre For Peace and Wednesday 8th February at 10:30am at Notre Dame du Rosaire Church.

All welcome – just turn up.

Mass - 13th Feb - 12:00pm - St Apolline Chapel
Mass – 13th Feb – 12:00pm – St Apolline Chapel

St Apolline Feast Day – 9th February

Mass will be celebrated at St Apolline Chapel on Monday 13th February at 12 noon La Grande Rue, St Saviour, GY8 0DS. Parking in the road.

Laudato Si
Laudato Si

Next meeting will take place on Monday 13th February at 7:00pm in St Yves Room at St Joseph’s.

Supporting a Food Bank is a good way to help the increasing number of people in Guernsey who have been hit by rising prices in all areas from rents, energy costs to food prices in the supermarkets. Families and older people on limited pensions are most affected. There are collection tubs at the back of our three Church’s. Another way is to buy an extra item or so when shopping and drop it in the collection tubs as you go out.

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

The church cleaning rotas for the period from 27th February to September 11th are now available for collection just inside the Sacristy.

Also displayed in the church porch. Please wait until the end of Mass before collecting the rota.

Soup & Cake - 4th Feb - 12:00pm-2:00pm - Forest Methodist Church 
Soup & Cake – 4th Feb – 12:00pm-2:00pm – Forest Methodist Church 

Soup & Cake on Saturday 4th February between 12:00pm-2:00pm at Forest Methodist Church.

Soup and Cake at a cost of £5 with proceeds being split between two charities: ‘Safer’ and ‘Caring for Ex-Offenders’.

Guernsey Welsh Male Voice Choir - 11th Feb - 2:30pm - St Saviours Church
Guernsey Welsh Male Voice Choir – 11th Feb – 2:30pm – St Saviours Church

Guernsey Welsh Male Voice Choir on Saturday 11th of February at 2:30pm. Please note this is an unusual day of the week and time for one of our concerts!

In part this will be a rehearsal for when they will be on the pitch at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff (25th February) when they will be singing alongside the famous Pendyrus Male Voice Choir at the start of the 6 Nations Rugby match, Wales vs England. GWMVC is one of only 4 choirs from outside Wales to be given this privilege!

As usual there will be no tickets, tea and cake in the interval and a retiring collection in aid of Guernsey Blind Association, the Choir’s chosen charity this year.

Contact Diana: stsaviourschurch@cwgsy.net

Week of Prayer for Chrisitian Unity - 18th to 25th Jan
Week of Prayer for Chrisitian Unity – 18th to 25th Jan

This week of prayer prays for unity of Christians. We invite all people of faith and of no faith to come together to pray with us.

Services:

Sunday 22nd January – 9:45am – Forest Methodist Church

Sunday 22nd January – 4:30pm – St Joseph’s Catholic Church for Sung Evening Prayer and Benediction. (Please come along to welcome our Ecumenical guests)

Tuesday 24th January – 12:30pm – The Town Church

Do please come along. Bringing people closer to Jesus Christ.

 

Funeral - John Dennis Rutledge - 24th Jan - 11:00am - St Philip Howard Church, Fareham
Funeral – John Dennis Rutledge – 24th Jan – 11:00am – St Philip Howard Church, Fareham

Canon Chris will be off island from 21st-27th January to preside over his Father’s funeral. The Funeral will take place at St Philip Howard Church, Fareham on 24th January at 11.00am.

Live link webcam – YouTube – Sacred Heart Fareham or Google – Sacred Heart Church Fareham live stream

Please keep Canon Chris, his sister Nicola, brother Philip and all his family in your prayers.

May the soul of John Dennis Rutledge Rest In Peace. Amen

Closer To Christ
Closer To Christ

Thanks to your most generous support the total amount raised to date for the Closer to Christ Campaign now stands at £183,480 and we hope to receive as many pledges as possible before the end of January. If you wish to make a pledge, please can I ask you return this to the Campaign Office at your earliest convenience or hand it in to me the next time you are at Mass.

I have been overwhelmed by the sacrifices you have made in order to help with this initiative so far. Thank you for your support and please pray for the continued success of the Closer to Christ Campaign in our parish. Canon Chris.

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group - 23rd Jan - 7:00pm - St Josephs Parish Room
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – 23rd Jan – 7:00pm – St Josephs Parish Room

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group meet on Monday 23rd January in St Josephs Parish Room.

Tea/Coffee from 7:00pm, prayer group starts at 7:30pm.

For more information please contact Frank on 07781 108394.

Holocaust Memorial Day - 27th Jan
Holocaust Memorial Day – 27th Jan

Friday 27th January 2023 is International Holocaust Memorial Day, marking the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland on the same day in 1945. On this annual day of commemoration, the United Nations urges every member state to honour the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

Mothers Prayer Group - 27th Jan - 10:30am
Mothers Prayer Group – 27th Jan – 10:30am

Mothers Prayer Group meet on Friday 27th January with tea/coffee at 10:30am and prayers start at 11:00am.

Do take this opportunity to come and pray for your children and grandchildren. No commitment to come every month.

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

If you would like to see some of the prayers we use visit the website: https://www.mothersprayers.org

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

Rotas for the period 29th January – 19th March now available for collection just inside the Sacristy.

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

Laudato Si
Laudato Si

“If you want to cut down on plastic containers and have reasonable access to a Hansa shop then you could make use of their refill facility. They offer a wide range of refill of ECOVER laundry and dishwasher liquid. Moreover recently their prices are very reasonable. I refilled a large bottle of washing up liquid for £2.09 a pound cheaper than buying a new bottle at my neighbouring supermarket and eco friendly too.”

Creche Volunteer
Creche Volunteer

Guernsey Welfare runs a small parenting group which is currently attended by 6 families who are travelling from a bitter place to a better place. As we support them in this, part of the session involves the parents having time to chat whilst the children are looked after in a creche seting. W

e are looking for a volunteer to assist with looking after the young children between 10:30am and 11:30am on a Thursday morning, term time. A basic police check would need to be undertaken.

If you are interested and kind and caring, please contact Sue Le Friec – Tel: 07839 724300 / E-mail: sue@welfare.gg. Thank you.

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group - 16th Jan - 7:00pm - St Joseph’s Parish Room
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – 16th Jan – 7:00pm – St Joseph’s Parish Room

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group meet on Monday 16th January in St Joseph’s Parish Room.

Tea/Coffee from 7:00pm, prayer group starts at 7:30pm.

For more information please contact Frank on 07781 108394.

Cleaning - St Josephs Church
Cleaning – St Josephs Church

Wanting a New Year resolution? What about helping to clean St. Joseph’s Church? Two hours every two months, sweeping, hoovering, dusting.

Anyone can do it and everyone is welcome. Contact the office or Claire on 264585.

Laudato Si - Wasteful Christmas
Laudato Si – Wasteful Christmas

According to the BBC last week every Christmas in the UK 114,000 tons of plastic packaging is binned not recycled, 227,000 miles of wrapping paper at the expense of 50,000 trees and 270,000 tons of food. Christmas is a time of extreme consumerism and extraordinary waste. Of course Guernsey is much smaller but can we claim to have not indulged in that same wastefulness?

Peace Sunday - 15th January
Peace Sunday – 15th January

The Holy Father’s 2023 Message for World Peace Day is:

“No one can be saved alone. Combatting Covid-19 together, embarking together on paths of peace.”

To read the full text please go to www.vattican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/peace/documents/20221208-messaggio-56giornatamondiale-pace2023.html

If you’d like to make a donation, small or large, here is the link: tinyurl.com/yxfcw67x

Or send a cheque payable to ‘Pax Christi’ to: Pax Christi, St Joseph’s, Watford Way, London NW4 4TY.

Tel: 0208 203 4884.

Big Lent Walk
Big Lent Walk

Walk 200km in 40 days to help fight Global Poverty.

Challenge yourself and take on The Big Lent Walk! Walk when and where you choose over 40 days, alone or with friends.

Raise money to help people as they overcome poverty.

Lent begins this year on 22nd February and attention is turning to Lenten plans, across the country, schools, parishes, groups, and individuals are lacing up their walking shoes to walk in faith and solidarity, with CAFOD’s BIG Lent Walk.

Find out more and sign up online at: The Big Lent Walk – Cafod

Happy Blessed New Year
Happy Blessed New Year

Canon Christopher and Fr Inna thank you all for the cards and gifts received and for your Christmas offerings.

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

‘Do not be afraid about the future – instead, give everything over to God in prayer:- Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart Philippians 4:6, (GNT)’

Closer to Christ
Closer to Christ

Thanks to your most generous support the total amount raised to date for the Closer to Christ Campaign now stands at £177,680 and we hope to receive as many pledges as possible before the end of January. If you wish to make a pledge, please can I ask you to return your form to the Campaign Office at your earliest convenience or hand it in to me the next time you are at Mass. Pledge forms are available at the back of the church. I have been overwhelmed by the sacrifices you have made in order to help with this initiative so far. Thank you for your support and please pray for the continued success of the Closer to Christ Campaign in our parish. Canon Chris

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group - 9th Jan - 7:00pm - St Joseph’s Parish Room
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – 9th Jan – 7:00pm – St Joseph’s Parish Room

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group meet on Monday 9th January in St Joseph’s Parish Room.

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

For more information please contact Frank on 07781 108394

UCM Meeting - 10th Jan - 7:30pm - St. Joseph’s Parish Room
UCM Meeting – 10th Jan – 7:30pm – St. Joseph’s Parish Room

UCM first meeting of the year on Tuesday 10th January at 7:30pm in St. Joseph’s Parish Room.

Come and join the ladies have for a chat and knit & natter plus raffle.

Thank You
Thank You

Tony & Marian would like to thank all those who bought Jams, Jellies etc at both Delancey and St. Joseph’s and a big thank you to Linda Fermont who made all the tasty treats.

The money raised will go towards School fees for Children in Zambia.

Divine Will Prayer Group Meetings
Divine Will Prayer Group Meetings

Divine Will Prayer Group meet on Tuesday 10th January at 7:00pm at the Centre For Peace and Wednesday 11th January at 11:00am at Notre Dame du Rosaire Church.

All welcome – Just turn up

Le Platon Lottery Results - Dec
Le Platon Lottery Results – Dec

Le Platon results of the December draw

1st – 38 – 100

2nd – 7 – £50

3rd – 54 – £25

Peace Sunday
Peace Sunday

Next Sunday, 15th January, is PEACE SUNDAY and this year the message from Pope Francis tells us: ‘No one can be saved alone. Combating Covid-19 together, embarking together on paths of peace’.

He asks us: ‘What did we learn from the pandemic? What new paths should we follow to cast off the shackles of our old habits, to be better prepared, to dare new things? What signs of life and hope can we see, to help us move forward and try to make our world a better place?’

A vaccine has been found for Covid-19, says the Holy Father, but we still need to tackle the virus of war and of inequality and this can only be done together.

In this country we have an active Catholic peace movement in Pax Christi, which aims at working together to promote peace through parishes, schools and social media.

Their website suggests ways we can all become better peacemakers. There are activities for families to do at home, including a peace liturgy for young children – https://paxchristi.org.uk/peacesunday2023

Pax Christi needs our support to keep going. If you’d like to make a donation, small or large, here is the link: https://tinyurl.com/ yxfcw67x

Or send a cheque payable to ‘Pax Christi’ to: Pax Christi, St Joseph’s, Watford Way, London NW4 4TY Tel: 0208 203 4884.

Christmas
Christmas

CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS

Canon Christopher, Fr Inna and Deacon Mark along with Canon Hetherington wish you all a Happy and Holy Christmas.

THANK YOU

Grateful thanks to all our wonderful volunteers who work throughout the year in many different roles in our community: catechists, keeping our churches clean, flower displays, organists, singers and instrumentalists, collectors, counters, welcomers, ushers, opening up our churches, preparation before and after Mass, preparing rotas, Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, visiting the sick and housebound. Hopefully no one has been missed. Every one of you is most highly valued!

CHRISTMAS MASS COLLECTIONS

Are for the personal use of our priests and form a substantial part of their income. Please remember our priests and if you can give your usual offering for them this will be most gratefully appreciated. See reverse for Bank details. Thank you.

CRIB OFFERINGS

The Offerings at the Cribs are for Christian Communities in the Holy Land via the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre.

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group - 2nd Jan - 7:00pm - St Josephs Parish Room
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – 2nd Jan – 7:00pm – St Josephs Parish Room

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group meet for an evening of Praise & Adoration on Monday 2nd January (instead of 26th Dec) at 7:30-8:45pm in St Josephs Parish Room.

Hymns followed by silent ‘Adoration’. Prayer ministry available for anyone who would like individual prayer.

Tea/Coffee from 7:00pm. Everyone welcome.

Laudato Si
Laudato Si

Awareness of our need to live more sustainably is growing in all communities and Christmas, the real Christmas, celebrates the birth of the most important person ever. Jesus was born in the humblest and simplest place, a stable. Its hard not to succumb to the call of commercialism at this time but it would be good if we could bring our awareness to the need for us to live more simply; to celebrate but maybe bring that awareness to what we buy , what we consume, how we live.

Christmas Helpers
Christmas Helpers

Would anyone be available to help with welcoming or ushering at St Joseph’s 5:00pm vigil mass?

Please get in touch with Marie Banton ASAP on 07781 422558.

We really want this busy mass to run smoothly so any help, no matter how small is very much appreciated.

THE "O ANTIPHONS” OF ADVENT
THE “O ANTIPHONS” OF ADVENT

The Roman Church has been singing the “O” Antiphons since at least the eighth century. They are the antiphons that accompany the Magnificat canticle of Evening Prayer from December 17-23. They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming Christ as the fulfilment not only of Old Testament hopes, but present ones as well. Their repeated use of the imperative “Come!” embodies the longing of all for the Divine Messiah.

December 17

O Wisdom of our God Most High, guiding creation with power and love: come to teach us the path of knowledge!

December 18

O Leader of the House of Israel, giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai: come to rescue us with your mighty power!

December 19

O Root of Jesse’s stem, sign of God’s love for all his people: come to save us without delay!

December 20

O Key of David, opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom: come and free the prisoners of darkness!

December 21

O Radiant Dawn, splendour of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.

December 22

O King of all nations and keystone of the Church: come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!

December 23

O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law: come to save us, Lord our God!

 

Pastoral Letter
Pastoral Letter

Bishop Philip has written a Pastoral Letter for this weekend ‘Year of the Holy Spirit’.

Copies are available in the churches .

Guernsey Welfare Christmas Collection
Guernsey Welfare Christmas Collection

Food Banks – As it is coming up to Christmas we would very much appreciate the following items:- Savoury snacks; Stocking fillers chocolates etc, Non-perishable items, Non-alcoholic festive drinks e.g. Shloer. We also give vouchers to pensioners and those with dependent children for food and/or heating costs.

Please call 07839 724300 or visit our website www.guernseywelfare.com

Thank you so much for your support.

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group - 19th Dec - 7:00pm - St Joseph’s Parish Room
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – 19th Dec – 7:00pm – St Joseph’s Parish Room

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group meet on Monday 19th December in St Joseph’s Parish Room.

Tea/Coffee from 7:00pm, prayer group starts at 7:30pm.

For more information please contact Frank – Tel: 07781 108394

'Get Together' - 8th Jan - Notre Dame
‘Get Together’ – 8th Jan – Notre Dame

Notre Dame will be having a ‘get together’ after Mass on Sunday 8th January 2023.

Cheese, wine, some drinks and nibbles. Come along and have a catch up. All very welcome!

Christmas Mass Times
Christmas Mass Times

Monday 19th December – PARISH RECONCILIATION SERVICE

St Joseph – 7:00pm

Saturday 24th December – THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD

St Joseph – 5:00pm (Christmas Vigil Mass)

Delancey – 5:30pm (Christmas Carols)

Delancey – 6:00pm (Christmas Vigil Mass)

St Joseph – 10:00pm (Mass during the Night)

Sunday 25th December – THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD

Notre Dame – 8:00am – (Mass at Dawn – Quiet Mass)

Delancey – 9:15am – (Mass during the Day)

St Joseph – 10:30am – (Mass during the Day – No Evening Mass)

Monday 26th December – ST STEPHEN

St Joseph – 10:00am – (Mass for all Altar Servers)

Tuesday 27th December – ST JOHN

St Joseph – 10:00am

Wednesday 28th December – THE HOLY INNOCENTS

St Joseph – 9:30am

St Joseph – 6:00pm

Gaudete Sunday - The Third Sunday of Advent
Gaudete Sunday – The Third Sunday of Advent

Known as Gaudete Sunday because of the first word “Rejoice” in the Introit or entrance antiphon of Sunday’s Liturgy. “Rejoice” is also repeated throughout the readings and prayers. The vestments worn by the priest can be the colour rose (sometimes referred to as pink). The third candle of the Advent wreath is also rose. Both are reminders that Christ’s coming is very soon; we are nearing the end of Advent, and we can hardly contain our joy.

Invitation to all Altar Servers
Invitation to all Altar Servers

Canon Chris invites all servers in the Parish to the Mass on St Stephen’s Day, 26th December at 10.00am at St Joseph’s. This Mass is especially offered for Altar Servers and medals are presented to those due to receive them. Notre Dame and Delancey servers are asked to bring along their albs from their respective churches.

 

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group - 12th Dec - 7:00pm - St Joseph’s Parish Room
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – 12th Dec – 7:00pm – St Joseph’s Parish Room

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group meet on Monday 12th December in St Joseph’s Parish Room.

Tea/Coffee from 7:00pm the prayer group starts at 7:30pm.

For more information please contact Frank – Tel: 07781 108394

Laudato Si - 14th Dec - 7:00pm - St Magloire Parish Room
Laudato Si – 14th Dec – 7:00pm – St Magloire Parish Room

Laudato Si meet on Wednesday 14th December at 7:00pm in St Magloire Parish Room, St Joseph’s.

Mothers Prayers - 16th Dec - 11:00am
Mothers Prayers – 16th Dec – 11:00am

Mothers Prayers meet on Friday 16th December at 11:00am (tea/coffee from 10:30am) at Christine’s house.

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

Annual Jam Sale - 18th Dec - St Josephs Church
Annual Jam Sale – 18th Dec – St Josephs Church

Marian will have a good selection of Jams, Jellies, Chutneys and Marmalade for sale after 8:00am and 10:30am Mass on Sunday 18th December for that last minute gift or to spoil yourselves.

Thank You
Thank You

Advent Service

Thank you to all who supported this year’s advent service and assisted in so many ways.

Mince Pies

A big thank you to all who so generously brought along delicious mince pies for our get together after the service. They were greatly appreciated and very much enjoyed by all.

Parish Christmas Lunch - Thank You
Parish Christmas Lunch – Thank You

Thank you to all who came along to a lovely lunch last Sunday held at Les Rocquettes Hotel and to all those who donated raffle prizes.

£235 was raised for “Ernie’s Angels”. A very big thanks to Eileen Baird for organising.

Divine Will Prayer Group Meetings
Divine Will Prayer Group Meetings

Divine Will Prayer Group meet on Tuesday 13th December at 7:00pm at the Centre For Peace and Friday 16th December at 12 noon at Notre Dame du Rosaire Church.

All welcome – just turn up!

The Way of the Nativity by Candlelight - 6th Dec - 7:00pm - Our Lady Star of the Sea
The Way of the Nativity by Candlelight – 6th Dec – 7:00pm – Our Lady Star of the Sea

The Way of the Nativity by Candlelight an Advent service of Readings, Prayer and Reflection followed by Mince Pies & Hot Drinks Tuesday 6th December at 7:00pm at Our Lady Star of the Sea.

Advent is a time of preparation and it is important that Christ should be at the centre of our journey towards Christmas. To be ready for him we have to prepare ourselves. This will be an ideal way to step aside and accompany Christ to the crib. Do make an effort to attend.

If you are planning to attend the Advent service at Our Lady Star of the Sea this Tuesday please ensure you park in the SCHOOL CAR PARK ONLY AND NOT BEHIND THE CHURCH.

There is an event in the Alzheimer’s Centre and it is essential that we allow access.

 

Prayer - Peoples of the Holy Land & Peace of Jerusalem - 4th Dec
Prayer – Peoples of the Holy Land & Peace of Jerusalem – 4th Dec

Prayer for all peoples of the Holy Land and the Peace of Jerusalem on Sunday 4th December.

Contact Maud for time and venue 729445.

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group - 5th Dec - 7:00pm - St Joseph’s Parish Room
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – 5th Dec – 7:00pm – St Joseph’s Parish Room

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group meet on Monday 5th December in St Joseph’s Parish Room.

Tea/Coffee from 7:00pm, prayer group starts at 7:30pm.

For more information please contact Frank on 07781 108394.

World Woman's Rosary - 8th Dec
World Woman’s Rosary – 8th Dec

World Woman’s Rosary on the 8th December the first World Women’s Rosary will take place with the purpose of honouring the Blessed Virgin Mary on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. We would like to invite all women and parishioners to this wonderful celebration. The churches will be open to pray the Rosary during the day.

 

Notre Dame du Rosaire Catholic Primary School - Christmas Nativity - 8th Dec - 1:30pm - St Joseph’s Hall
Notre Dame du Rosaire Catholic Primary School – Christmas Nativity – 8th Dec – 1:30pm – St Joseph’s Hall

The children and staff of Notre Dame du Rosaire Catholic Primary School request the pleasure of our Senior Parishioners at a special performance of our Christmas Nativity play Angel Express Thursday 8th December at 1:30pm in St Joseph’s Hall followed by afternoon tea served by the children.

RSVP – Email: office@notredame.sch.gg / Tel: 222412

Divine Will Prayer Group Meetings
Divine Will Prayer Group Meetings

Divine Will Prayer Group meet on Tuesday 13th December at 7:00pm at the Centre For Peace and Wednesday 14th December at 12 noon at Notre Dame du Rosaire Church.

All welcome – just turn up!

Guernsey Caring for Ex-Offenders
Guernsey Caring for Ex-Offenders

Guernsey Caring for Ex-Offenders are having a coffee and craft sale as part of the Town Church Christmas Tree Festival on Tuesday 6th December from 10:00am –2:00pm.

Craft items on sale are made by service users in the GCFEO workshops and money raised will be used for the continuing funding of our workshops.

Please see flyer at back of Church.

Le Platon Lottery Results - Nov
Le Platon Lottery Results – Nov

Le Platon results of the November draw –

1st – 43 – £100

2nd – 37 – £50

3rd – 59 – £25

Missio Red Boxes
Missio Red Boxes

Those who have handed in their red boxes can collect the emptied ones from St Joseph’s Sacristy after Mass. Thank you.

Laudato Si
Laudato Si

The Psalms are full of praise for God and creation, the work of his hands, the moon and the stars, all his wonderful works and goes on to say about mankind.

Yet you have made him little less than a god: With glory and honour you crowned him Gave him power over the works of Your hand, Put all things under his feet”.

There couldn’t be a clearer message about our responsibility to protect this wounded earth.

Blanchelande College Purchase
Blanchelande College Purchase

Blanchelande College has acquired the Vauxbelets site, home of the College since 1999, for a purchase price of £1.4m.

The Vauxbelets estate is estimated to cover 40 acres and includes the original 18th century house Vauxbelets de Haut, Vauxbelets de Bas farm buildings, large early 20th century school buildings, extensive playing fields, additional outbuildings and agricultural land. The estate was formerly owned by the French province of the De La Salle Brothers, with whom the Trustees of Blanchelande College have been in negotiations to acquire ownership.

Since the College moved to Les Vauxbelets in 1999, the De La Salle Brothers have rented the property to Blanchelande on condition of it being run as a Catholic school, and the Trustees have confirmed that this understanding applies to the running of the College in the future.

In a letter to parents the Trustees state that the purchase of the Vauxbelets means that the development of the College can continue on the most sure footing possible. ‘Outwardly, for parents and students, the position remains as before with the site continuing to be used for the provision of education with a Catholic ethos by the College, except for those parts of the site used by commercial businesses. The provision of Catholic education, which plays so positive a part in the diversity of choice within Guernsey’s educational system, is at the very heart of the vision of both the Brothers and of The Blanchelande College Trust.’

In their letter, the Trustees reassure parents that the purchase is intended to facilitate future fundraising for investment. ‘The purchase brings the strong benefits of permanence and of course will be a more sound basis for effective fundraising for the further improvement of our educational facilities. Parents, former students and other supporters of Blanchelande regularly make generous donations to enable improvements to the physical development of the estate, and they will now do so knowing that the College has the security of ownership.

The Trustees have also emphasized the affordability of the repayment schedule. ‘Financially, the agreement has been carefully considered on both sides. The Brothers have agreed to receive payment over a ten-year period. We would like to acknowledge the commitment of the Brothers to securing the future of Blanchelande and to Catholic education on Guernsey.’

 

Thank You!
Thank You!

A massive thank you to everyone who donated so generously at this year’s Harvest Mass. Your donations have really made a difference and the charities were very grateful.

Thank you from The Children’s Liturgy Group.

Parish Christmas Lunch - Raffle Prizes Needed
Parish Christmas Lunch – Raffle Prizes Needed

Donations of raffle prizes for the Parish Lunch are gratefully needed and can be left at the Parish office.

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

Rotas for the period 4th December – 22nd December are now available for collection just inside the Sacristy.

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

World Woman's Rosary
World Woman’s Rosary

On the 8th December the first World Women’s Rosary will take place with the purpose of honouring the Blessed Virgin Mary on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

We would like to invite all women and parishioners to this wonderful celebration. More details to follow.

Annual Christmas Charity Jam Sale - 11th Dec - After 9:15am Mass - Our Lady Star of the Sea
Annual Christmas Charity Jam Sale – 11th Dec – After 9:15am Mass – Our Lady Star of the Sea

Charity Jam, Jelly and Chutney sale for Wayaya House on Sunday 11th December after the 9:15am Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea.

All produce homemade with most varieties not available in the shops.

CAFOD World Gifts
CAFOD World Gifts

Give a gift of hope this Christmas In Advent, let’s share the promise of hope that has been made to us with our sisters and brothers around the world. You can buy CAFOD’s World Gifts for family and friends this Christmas online at https://worldgifts.cafod.org.uk/ World Gifts such as “super soup kitchens”, “trees for life”, or “water for a family” will help transform lives in a world filled with challenges.

'Life Changing Ministry' - Christmas Carols & Lunch - 17th Dec - Les Cotils
‘Life Changing Ministry’ – Christmas Carols & Lunch – 17th Dec – Les Cotils

‘Life Changing Ministry’ Christmas Carols and Lunch at Les Cotils on 17th December, costing £17.00.

Names should be submitted to Jan – E-mail: revjanleb@gmail.com by Saturday 10th December.

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group - Praise & Adoration
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – Praise & Adoration

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group will be having an evening of Praise & Adoration on Monday 28th November from 7:30pm-8:45pm and also on the 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 month it will take place in the Parish Room at St Joseph’s. Tea and coffee will be available from 7:00pm. Anyone is invited to join us for these ‘Adoration’ evenings, even if you do not normally come to the prayer group.

Flower Volunteers - Our Lady Star of the Sea
Flower Volunteers – Our Lady Star of the Sea

You will notice how the Church is enhanced every week with vases and displays of flowers. We are extremely grateful and thankful to the wonderful team who have been on the rota for many years. Sadly, a few of them are now retiring so we ask please if you can offer your help and be part of the team? Please email or call the Parish Office.

Rosary - Beatification of Edel Quinn - 27th Nov - 2:00pm - St Joseph’s Church
Rosary – Beatification of Edel Quinn – 27th Nov – 2:00pm – St Joseph’s Church

Rosary for the beatification of Edel Quinn (Legion of Mary) will be on Sunday 27th November at 2:00pm in St Joseph’s Church.

The Hour Of Grace - 8th Dec - 12:00pm - Notre Dame Church
The Hour Of Grace – 8th Dec – 12:00pm – Notre Dame Church

The Hour of Grace on Thursday 8th December 12 noon at Notre Dame Church.

All welcome. Just Turn up.

Laudato Si
Laudato Si

“The crisis we face is a summons to profound interior conversion whereby the fruits of our relationship with Jesus Christ become evident in our relationship with the world around us.”

A thought provoking quotation from an article by John Arnold, Bishop of Salford and long time environmental activist.

Diary Dates
Diary Dates

PARISH CHRISTMAS LUNCH

Sunday 4th December at Les Roquettes Hotel. Three course lunch £27.95; Children 12yrs and under £15. Forms are available at back of the Church. Please return the forms by 25th November at the latest. Donations of raffle prizes gratefully accepted and can be left at the Parish office.

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THE WAY OF THE NATIVITY BY CANDLELIGHT

An Advent service of prayer, readings and reflection on Tuesday 6th December at 7:00pm at Our Lady Star of the Sea.

As the world rushes frantically towards Christmas, Christians are called to walk. Our annual service will help us to slow down, reflect the meaning of the Nativity and accompany Christ to the crib. Do try and make time to come along.

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MINCE PIES

Would you be willing to bake a few mince pies for the Parish Advent service on Tuesday 6th December? If so please contact the Parish Office or Sandy Leightley on 07781 193673 to arrange drop off date.

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WORLD WOMAN’S ROSARY

On the 8th December the first World Women’s Rosary will take place with the purpose of honouring the Blessed Virgin Mary on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. We would like to invite all women and parishioners to this wonderful celebration. More details to follow.

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ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CHARITY ‘JAM’ SALE

Charity Jam, Jelly and Chutney sale for Wayaya House on Sunday 11th December after the 9:15am Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea.

All produce homemade with most varieties not available in the shops.

Gentle Reminder
Gentle Reminder

The Bishops Conference restored the Sunday Obligation on Pentecost 2022 for all Catholics to attend Mass in person each week. Watching Mass on line does not fulfil our obligation. Why would you want to miss out on the Community aspect of our Church? More importantly you are deigning yourselves Holy Communion. Different rules obviously apply to the Sick and Housebound, as we as a community hold them very close in our prayers. They receive Holy Communion from our ministers who visit them in their homes.

Lunchtime Supervisor Needed - Notre Dame
Lunchtime Supervisor Needed – Notre Dame

Notre Dame du Rosaire is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic member of staff who enjoys working with young people of primary age to supervise and assist during the lunchtime break both inside the school and in the outside area of the school premises. The lunchtime supervisor will ensure the security and safety of pupils, and work cooperatively to ensure that they behave in an appropriate manner.

Please contact the Headteacher if you are interested in applying for the position. £15.24 per hour.

Contact: Mary Robertshaw, Headteacher on E-mail: headteacher@notredame.sch.gg

St Mary & St Michael School PTFA Advent Bazaar - 27th Nov - 2:00pm-4:00pm
St Mary & St Michael School PTFA Advent Bazaar – 27th Nov – 2:00pm-4:00pm

St Mary & St Michael School PTFA Advent Bazaar on Sunday 27th November at 2:00pm-4:00pm.

Hamper raffle, Santa’s grotto, face painter, bottle stall, cake stall, games and more.

The Future of the Diocese
The Future of the Diocese

PASTORAL LETTER FROM THE BISHOP
appointed to be read in all churches and chapels of the Diocese of Portsmouth on 16th October 2022, the Twenty-Ninth Sunday of the Year.

Download printable PDF

Dear All,

I am writing to you about the future of the Catholic Church.

The Church is a Divine Mystery. As we affirm in the Creed: “I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.”1 The Church is founded on Jesus Christ and led by the Holy Spirit.2 She is the Bride of Christ, and Jesus promised He would be with Her until the end of time.3 But the Church is human as well as Divine. Christ is the Head but the Body is formed of people like you and me, human beings capable of greatness but also fallible, prone to error and sin. Whilst Jesus gave the gift of infallibility to His Church, that she would never err in her teachings on faith and morals,4 He never promised the Church would always last in any particular place. Look at North Africa. Once, this was the land of St. Cyprian, St. Augustine and many of the great Fathers of the Church, a land where important synods and councils assembled to defend the true faith. Today, there is nothing left. This is why I am writing to you about the future of the Catholic Church, at least the future of this Church in this place, the Diocese of Portsmouth.

Two weeks ago, I celebrated the tenth anniversary of my ordination as Bishop. I must thank you for the great number of prayers and cards you kindly sent. Over the last decade, despite the challenge of the pandemic and, more, the toxic effects of an affluent, secular culture, I have sought as the Shepherd of the flock to inspire everyone to look outwards to mission and service. The Church exists to evangelise.5 It does not have a mission: it is mission. Bringing people closer to Jesus Christ through His Church is our purpose. Like breathing-in and breathing-out, evangelisation is about ourselves growing in faith, as much as about reaching out to others to propose faith.6 While the immediate goal of evangelisation is the conversion of individuals, the ultimate goal is the baptism of culture.7 So this is about digging deeper in order to go out into the deep. It is about renewal for the sake of outreach. It’s about growing in love for Jesus in the Holy Eucharist in order to go out to serve Him in the poor.8 In this, progress cannot be measured simply by numbers. But the numbers have now become so challenging that we have to act more radically. Doing nothing or ‘business as usual,’9 is not an option, otherwise many, many churches across our Diocese will close down. This is why we now find ourselves, helped by your suggestions, with a much more comprehensive plan. Called You Will be My Witnesses, it is an exciting vision, a mission strategy for the next ten years.10 If the Lord spares me, that is where I believe He wants me to lead our Diocese in the decade ahead.

I want to ask you something. I would like you to download a copy of You will be My Witnesses or to take away a leaflet as you leave church, to read it and to reflect on its hope-filled contents. Please then discuss it with your friends and with others in your parish and school communities. Over these next weeks, I’ve asked all our clergy to lead a consultation, so that we can finalise the plan.11

I am sorry: the plan is about change. Indeed, it’s about the hardest change of all: changing ourselves. How can I become more holy, closer to Christ? How can I become better formed in my faith? How can our parish put Christ more at the centre? How can we pass on the Faith to the young? What works of charity, justice and ecology might we undertake? Given that across the Diocese the average donation is £2.35 a week – less than a cappuccino – how can we encourage real stewardship, responsibility and tithing? And how can our parish witness to the Gospel in our area? I always remember the challenging question: “If your parish closed tomorrow, would anyone who is not a member care?”12

When you read You will be My Witnesses, many will focus on the proposed changes to parish structures. Those four pages at the end are about pruning, to release resources for mission. But don’t be fooled! Structural change will fail without a deep spiritual change in ourselves and in our communities. We will not be saved by structures: change the structures and all will be well. Sadly, it won’t. What we all need now is to draw closer to the Sacred Heart of Christ.

This Christmas, I am going to send you a prayer book. I will also write again, because I want us all to engage in a diocesan Year of Prayer to the Holy Spirit, asking God the Holy Spirit to energise us and to lead us. Indeed, I am going to ask you to establish or pledge to develop six holy habits:

  • to keep Sunday special, a family day, by attending Mass;
  • to spend 5 minutes a day in prayer using the Scriptures;
  • to do penance on Fridays, and to serve the poor and needy;
  • every fortnight to make a Holy Half Hour before the Blessed Sacrament;
  • to go to Confession once a month; and
  • to join a small group for formation, prayer and fellowship.

For every one person who becomes a Catholic, six leave.13 A key reason why they leave is because, they say, their spiritual needs are not being met.14 This is deplorable, given that the Church has two thousand years of expertise in prayer, spirituality and sanctity. Yet without beauty and solemnity in our parish Liturgy, without personal help to prayer and meditation, without meeting faith-filled people and families whose hearts and imaginations are on fire with love for the Lord, many will fail to develop a personal friendship with God. No amount of programmes, plans or structural changes can enable this, only an encounter with the Person of Jesus Himself – He Who lays down His life for us. For this to happen, we need authentically converted disciples; we need warm, welcoming and inclusive parish communities, so that through us they can meet Him.15

In today’s Gospel, about the “need to pray continually and never lose heart,” Jesus seems to end on a note of exasperation: “When the Son of Man comes, will He find any faith on earth?”16 Like the widow relentlessly petitioning the judge until he gave in, so we too need to be people of prayer. Think of Moses in the First Reading: “As long as he kept his arms raised, Israel had the advantage; but when he let his arms fall, the advantage went to Amalek.”17 True, today many exclude God from their lives or feel they have no need of Him; they live as if there is no God.18 Yet many others are seeking Him, and Jesus told us: “you will be my witnesses.”19 So we need to be holy. We need to be women and men of prayer. We need to pray continually so that others can find the Way. We need to support and keep close to our parish clergy. And we need to change. Just imagine the revolution in our Diocese if everyone committed to the six holy habits! Imagine the amazing difference it would make if everyone lived life relying on the Holy Spirit! So let us ask the Holy Spirit to guide our Diocese, to help us change and through the prayers of Mary Immaculate and St. Edmund our patron, to bring people closer to Jesus Christ through His Church.

In Corde Iesu,
+Philip
Bishop of Portsmouth

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1 These four attributes or ‘marks’ of the Church are explored in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (London, CTS: 2016) – henceforth CCC – paragraphs 811-870.
2 CCC 787-801.
3 Cf. Matthew 28: 20. Cf. CCC 807-808.
4 “God, who is absolutely infallible, thus deigned to bestow upon His new people, which is the Church, a certain shared infallibility, which is restricted to matters of faith and morals, which is present when the whole People of God unhesitatingly holds a point of doctrine pertaining to these matters, and finally which always depends upon the wise providence and anointing of the grace of the Holy Spirit, who leads the Church into all truth until the glorious coming of her Lord” SCDF (1973) Mysterium Ecclesiae 2 in H. Denzinger ed. P. Hünermann Enchiridion symbolorum definitionum et declarationem de rebus fidei et morum 43rd Edition (San Francisco, Ignatius: 2012) – henceforth DH – DH 4531.
5 See Pope St. Paul VI (1975) Evangelii Nuntiandi 14 in DH 4573.
6 As Pope St. Paul VI put it: “The Church is an evangeliser, but she begins by being evangelised herself. She is the community of believers, the community of hope lived and communicated, the community of brotherly love, and she needs to listen unceasingly to what she must believe, to her reasons for hoping, to the new commandment of love” (Evangelii Nuntiandi 15).
7 See Pope Francis Evangelii Gaudium (London, CTS: 2013) 176-258.
8 We see this in the life of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta and many of the saints. Thus, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, patron of our youth, once said: “Jesus pays me a visit in Holy Communion every morning, and I repay him in the miserable way I can by visiting Him in His poor.” See C Siccardi Pier Giorgio Frassati – A Hero for our Times (San Francisco, Ignatius Press: 2016), 153.
9 “Until recently, the culture in those places appeared to be soundly Catholic even while the world was embracing a secular orientation. Yet in the space of one generation, the bottom of the Christendom culture fell out”. For a discussion of the outcomes of a ‘business as usual’ type of approach as seen in the ‘evaporation’ of Catholicism in places such as Ireland, Belgium, Quebec, Germany and many parts of Latin America, see J. Shea From Christendom to Apostolic Mission: Pastoral Strategies for an Apostolic Age (Bismarck ND, University of Mary Press: 2020) especially 29-34
10 Diocese of Portsmouth (2022): You will be My Witnesses. Ten-Year Mission Plan for the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth (Draft). This is available for download from www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk (October 2022). Of course, we are not the only Diocese in England and Wales facing challenges. Others too are embarking on similar exercises.
11 A feedback form (available on the diocesan website) will help to structure your reflection.
12 J. Mallon Divine Renovation Beyond the Parish (Frederick Me, The Word Among Us Press: 2020) 35
13 See S. Bullivant Catholic Research Forum Reports 1. Contemporary Catholicism in England and Wales: A statistical report based on recent British Social Attitudes survey data (Twickenham, St. Mary’s University, Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society: 2016) available from https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/research/centres/benedict-xvi/docs/2018-feb-contemporary-catholicism-report- may16.pdf (October 2022).
14 S. Weddell Forming Intentional Disciples (Huntington, Our Sunday Visitor: 2012) 15-47.
15 A priest wrote to me recently: “My own response is to combat all of this by a strategic campaign against poverty: spiritual poverty, by elevating the Liturgy, material poverty, by feeding the poor and our provision of food banks, intellectual poverty, by the provision of catechesis and formation, and aesthetic poverty, by the reclaiming of the beauty of our churches … Despite being willing, able, and committed to this task, all of these campaigns are nothing compared to the one thing necessary, the gift of Faith. I see the four aspects of the Grand Campaign as so many opportunities to turn whatever we can into the vehicles, mechanisms, or catalysts that bring, turn, or ignite the spark of Faith within those hearts that have not yet come to God, or where the fire is dormant or wavering.”
16 Luke 18: 1-8.
17 Exodus 17: 8-13.
18 That is, etsi Deus non daretur. This phrase was coined by the Dutch lawyer Hugo Grotius (d. 1645) in his De iure belli ac pacis: cf. Benedict XVI General Audience (14th November 2012) online at www.vatican.va (October 2022).
19 Acts 1: 8.

Sacrament of Confirmation Preparation
Sacrament of Confirmation Preparation

Sacrament of Confirmation Preparation starts in January for young people in Year 8 and above who would like to be confirmed, or just want to explore more about their faith.

Contact Tom: Tel: 07781 129310 / E-mail: youth@catholic.org.gg