Newsletter: 7th April/8th April 2018 - Divine Mercy Sunday
Sunday Readings: Year 2(B); Weekdays: Year II; Liturgy of the Hours: Office Proper

Newsletter - Divine Mercy Sunday

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Commentary for Divine Mercy Sunday

Easter is the celebration of Jesus' triumph over death and a pledge of our own resurrection from the dead at the end of our life. By His glorious Resurrection Jesus conquered death and proclaimed life to the world. Fr. George, in his commentary for the Liturgy of Easter Sunday explains the importance of the Resurrection of Christ.

Click on the button below to read Fr. George's commentary on the liturgy of this Sunday. 

Divine Mercy Sunday

April 07, 2018

On Divine Mercy Sunday, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be sung in St Mary’s Church at 3pm, followed by selected readings from the Diary of St Faustina and Veneration of the Image. There will then be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 4pm until the Latin Mass begins at 5pm. Confession will be available.

Plenary Indulgence for Divine Mercy Sunday

In a decree dated August 3, 2002, the Apostolic Penitentiary announced that in order “to ensure that the faithful would observe this day (Divine Mercy Sunday) with intense devotion, the Supreme Pontiff himself established that this Sunday be enriched by a plenary indulgence…so that the faithful might receive in great abundance the gift of the consolation of the Holy Spirit.  In this way, they can foster a growing love for God and for their neighbour, and after they have obtained God’s pardon, they in turn might be persuaded to show a prompt pardon to their brothers and sisters.”

Video - Homily of Fr. Serafino M. Lanzetta

Here is another homily of Fr. Serafino given in the Holy Land. In this homily, Fr. Serafino explores the connection between the sacrament of Marriage and the bridal relation between Jesus and the Church on Calvary.

Family Planning - The Catholic Way

Next Saturday 14th April, there will be a Marriage and Family Life Seminar in St. Mary's Church. A wonderful opportunity to learn more about topics relating to marriage preparation and enrichment and natural family planning. 

In this article, Fr. Pio speaks about Natural Family Planning, a child spacing method which is approved by the Church and which probably is not so much known or embraced by many Catholic couples.

Catechism on the Blessed Virgin

In the coming weeks, we will be posting on St. Mary's Blog articles taken from the book 'Who is Mary?' written by an Italian priest, Fr. Gabriel M. Pellettieri. Devotion to Mary is essential to being Catholic, but one cannot love the Mother of God without knowing Her. This catechism on the Blessed Virgin Mary, hopefully, will help us to come to a deeper understanding of the person and role of the Mother of God in the divine plan of salvation.

Save the Date - Rosary on the Coast of the British Isles

We all know that the Rosary on the Coast will take place on Sunday 29th April at 3.00 pm. I hope you are all going to participate and that you have plans for the day. There will be two meetings for the Rosary in our area, one at St Mary's Gosport and one at St Mary's Portchester; both of which churches are on the Coast. Further details will be available in due course. Visit for more information, including details of the designated gathering points along the coast.

Table Top Sale Report

The Table Top Sale was a great success. We would like to thank everyone who participated and helped, especially those who kindly donated their undertakings to St. Mary's Beautification Project. The sum of £1,021.53 was raised to help pay for the new floor and heating system in the church.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram

We just opened accounts on Twitter and Instagram. It isn't going to be easy understanding how to use the full potential of these applications for the glory of God and salvation of souls, but we are getting there. Meanwhile we ask you to follow us on here on Twitter and here on Instagram

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Parish Day Trip to London

April 04, 2018

The Parish Day Trip to London last Thursday 5th April was a success. About 49 persons between children and adults participated. Visit our Facebook page to view photos of the trip.

St. Monica's Prayer Group

St. Monica's Prayer Group meets every Tuesday at 7pm in St Mary’s Church. This is an opportunity for mothers of the parish to come together to pray the Holy Rosary and participate in a short Bible study session. All mothers – whether Catholic or not – are warmly invited.

Guild of St. Clare

Finally, the Guild of St. Clare will meet for the first time on Friday 20th April, between 4pm and 6pm. Another meeting is scheduled for Saturday 21st April, between 10pm and 12pm.

The guild has been created primarily for the youth to help them build positive relationships with each other, the church and our community. The group will create works of arts and crafts starting with embroidery, which the final item/items will be on display and used within the church. Adults are more than welcome too, as they can pass on crafting knowledge and expertise to others. 

Donations of arts and craft items like wool, materials, threads, needles, art paint, etc, are welcome.

For more information, please contact Maxine Corlette: 07967780354

St. Mary's New Look

St. Mary's Church was reopened on Wednesday, 28th March and the church now has a new look. Thank you to everyone who has donated to help fund this ongoing renovation project. If you have not yet made a donation, please consider doing so, as we are still a long way from reaching our fundraising goal. Cheques should be made payable to “PRCDTR–Gosport”. You can also donate online. Please, visit our donate page by clicking the button below.


Marriage & Family Life Seminar

April 13, 2018

On Saturday 14th April, there will be a Marriage & Family Life Seminar in St Mary’s Church and Hall from 9.30am (beginning with the Latin Mass) until 2.30pm. Topics include marriage preparation/enrichment, Natural Family Planning (NFP), and Catholic grandparents. Register for the event by clicking the button below and let us know you will be coming for the event.

Parish Bingo Night

April 20, 2018

On Saturday 21st April, from 7pm to 11pm, there will be a parish bingo evening with a buffet in St. Mary's Hall, to raise money for the ongoing church renovations. Tickets cost £8 for adults and £3.50 for children (5-12 years old). Tickets are available for purchase from the parish office.

March 4 Life UK 2018

May 04, 2018

The March 4 Life UK will be held in London this year on Saturday 5th May and it will start from the Parliament Square. Since, this is a First Saturday, Holy Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary's Church at 8:30am. Interested participants will then travel to London by minibus, arriving well before the march sets off from Parliament Square. If you are interested in coming, please, register for the event by clicking this link: March 4 Life UK 2018.

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