UCM have been looking at “ LAUDATO SI” ‘Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. In it he states that the two greatest aims of his papacy are solidarity with those living in poverty and the protection of the planet which he calls Our Common Home. He urges us to do likewise. We live in a beautiful island but how we live affects a wider world. We had a lively discussion on how we damage the planet and what we can do even in small ways to protect it and have made a list of things we can try to commit to this LENT. We thought that parishioners might like to join us in committing to one or all of the following:-

  1. Cutting down as much as possible on plastic, especially one use plastic
  2. Along with our obligation as Catholics to abstain from meat on Fridays – perhaps we could extend it to more than one day.
  3. Contributing to the Food Banks at the back of St. Joseph’s, Our Lady Star of the Sea and Notre Dame du Rosaire.
  4. Supporting Fair-trade
  5. Walking, cycling, using the bus more and the car less.
  6. Being responsible consumers asking ourselves “ Do I need it or just WANT it? Campaigning for fair working conditions for those producing“ “cheap as chips clothes”
  7. Buying local where possible.
  8. Taking a bag when out walking to collect litter.
  9. Acting local, thinking global.


Waitrose Tokens (Admiral Park Store) - St Mary & St Michael’s School
Waitrose Tokens (Admiral Park Store) – St Mary & St Michael’s School

Waitrose Tokens at Admiral Park store will be for St Mary & St Michael’s school during March.


Le Platon 100 Club Lottery – Feb
Le Platon 100 Club Lottery – Feb

Le Platon 100 Club Lottery winners for February

First Prize £100 – 23

Second Prize £50 – 6

Third Prize £25 – 69

Anyone wishing to join in the monthly draw please call 722461




Mother’s Prayer Group - 11th March - 4.00pm
Mother’s Prayer Group – 11th March – 4.00pm

Mother’s Prayer Group meet on Monday 11th March at 4.00pm.

Contact Christine for more details – Tel: 259995 / E-mail:

Confirmation Preparation
Confirmation Preparation

Confirmation preparation for Year 8+

Video, meal & discussion


Session 8: Telling Others

Tuesday 05th March – St Mary & St Michael School

Wednesday 06th March – NO SESSION – Ash Wednesday

Session 7: Evil  

Friday 08th March – St Joseph’s Parish Room


Tom Saddington – Tel: 07781 129310 / E-mail:

Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross

Mondays – 11.30am (from 11th March) – Our Lady Star of the Sea followed by 12noon Mass

Fridays – 7.00pm (from 8th March) – St Joseph’s preceded by 6.30pm Mass

Saturdays – 5.00pm (from 9th March) – Notre Dame followed by 5.30pm Mass


Lenten Almsgiving - Bemenda
Lenten Almsgiving – Bemenda

Lenten almsgiving will be used to support BAMENDA

Colm Lennon, the Chair of the Diocesan Bamenda Committee, will speak at all Masses next weekend to give us a further insight into the situation facing the peoples of the Cameroon.


Centre for Peace Rosary
Centre for Peace Rosary

Rosary during Lent will take place on Monday evenings at 7.30pm commencing the 11th March to allow attendance at the Mass and Stations of the Cross in St Joseph’s on Friday’s.


Ash Wednesday - 6th March
Ash Wednesday – 6th March

Ash Wednesday (6th March) is a day of Fasting & Abstinence

Distribution of ashes at all Masses.

St Joseph’s – 7.00am, 9.30am, 7.00pm

Our Lady Star of the Sea – 11.00am

Notre Dame – 12.05pm

Blanchelande College – 2.30pm


Significant Wedding Anniversaries Mass 2019
Significant Wedding Anniversaries Mass 2019

Are you celebrating a 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th or anniversary over 60 years?

If so Bishop Philip would like to invite you to a Mass of celebration. This will take place at St Bede’s Church in Basingstoke on Saturday 6th July 2019. It is a wonderful occasion to celebrate and witness to Marriage. If you would like to come, please obtain a form from the Parish Office or email

Please note this address is not monitored daily and you may have to wait for a reply, so please be patient. Alternatively you can contact Liz Murphy at St. Bede’s Parish Office on 01256465214.