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Newsletter: 21st/22nd July 2018 - 16th Sunday of the Year
Sunday Readings: Year 2(B); Weekdays: Year II; Liturgy of the Hours: Week IV

Newsletter - 16th Sunday of the Year

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Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Part IV

We all need to adore Our Blessed Lord in the Holy Eucharist, as it is our greatest treasure. The Eucharist is threefold: it is a presence in the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle; it is a sacrifice upon the altar in the Holy Mass; and it is a union with Jesus in our body and soul with Holy Communion. All we can do is thank God (Eucharist means thanksgiving) and adore Him, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, in the Blessed Eucharist

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New Book on Fatima by Fr. Serafino Lanzetta

Father Serafino’s latest book, Fatima at the Heart of the Church: God’s Vision of History and Oblative Spirituality, is now available to buy from Amazon.co.uk. A Kindle edition is also available for download. All parishioners are warmly invited to the official book launch, which will be held in St Mary’s Hall on Friday 26th October at 7pm.

Fr. Linus Clovis: Our Lady of Revelation at Tre Fontane

In this article, Fr. Linus Clovis explores the connection between the Fatima apparitions and those of Our Lady of Revelation thirty years later at Tre Fontane to 34-year old Bruno Cornacchiola.

Catechism on the Blessed Virgin Mary

The most important event narrated in the gospel after that of the Annunciation was the Visitation of Our Blessed Lady to St Elizabeth. The Virgin had learnt from the Angel that God had granted Zechariah the grace of a child; and now, Elizabeth, whom all considered sterile, was already in the sixth of her pregnancy. Forgetting herself, Our Lady decided to run to the aid of her old relative, facing a long and tiring journey, which was full of risks and discomforts.

This article is taken from the book, "Who is Mary?", written by Fr. Gabriele M. Pellettieri.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

On Thursdays, in St. Mary's Church, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed from 8:00am and will continue for the whole day, concluding with the Pro-Life Holy Hour at 7:00pm. Also, in St. Columba's Church, every Thursday, there is Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after the 10:00am Mass until 12 noon.  

You can also tune in live to Radio Immaculata and participate in the Pro-Life Holy Hour live from St. Mary's Church at 7:00pm.

St. Mary's Renovations

Thank you to everyone who has made a contribution to the St Mary’s Beautification Fund, which currently stands at about £16,000. 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”.

The Most Precious Blood of Jesus

From the time of the Passion, when Christ poured out His Blood for our salvation, the faithful have practised devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus. Holy Mother Church encourages us to honour the Precious Blood at all times, but especially during the month of July. Consider making an act of love to the Precious Blood every day this month, such as the Act of Consecration to the Precious Blood of Jesus or the Litany of the Precious Blood.

Adoration Outreach

Every Thursday, between 1pm and 3pm, a group of parishioners go out onto the High Street to invite passers-by into St Mary’s to light a candle and spend some time in the presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. This has proven to be a very successful outreach, and a highly rewarding ministry for those involved. If you are available on Thursday afternoons, if only for half an hour or so, why not come along and take part?

Parish Walking Pilgrimage

August 18, 2018

Over the weekend of 18th/19th August, Father Pio will be leading a pilgrimage along the Way of Saint Augustine, a path that runs from Canterbury Cathedral to the Shrine of St Augustine in Ramsgate, to commemorate the ancient journey undertaken by St Augustine, the Apostle of England, in the 6th Century, when he was sent by Pope Gregory the Great to bring the Faith to England. The walk is around 19 miles long, along which we will recite the Holy Rosary, sing hymns and have the chance to speak with others. Then, on arriving at the Shrine of St Augustine, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered. This pilgrimage is open to all who are able to maintain a good walking pace over the required distance. For more details, to sign up, or kindly to sponsor the walk, please speak to Father Pio or call the parish office on 02392 580119. The cost of the pilgrimage is £20 per person.

Table Top Sale

September 21, 2018

Back by popular demand, the wildly successful Table Top Sale that raised over £1,000 towards the St Mary’s Beautification Project back in March will return to St Mary’s Hall on Saturday 22nd September. If you have items to sell and would like to book up to three tables at a cost of £10 per table, please contact Tammy on 02392 520166, or email her at tammylbt@sky.com.

LMS Walsingham Pilgrimage

Every year, the Latin Mass Society organises a walking pilgrimage from Ely to Walsingham (59 miles) for the conversion of England and in honour of Our Lady of Walsingham. This year’s pilgrimage takes place over the August bank holiday weekend, beginning with registration in Ely on Thursday 23rd August, and concluding with devotions in Walsingham on Sunday 26th August (although there is also a Sung Latin Mass in the Slipper Chapel on the Monday for those who are staying overnight). Traditional Solemn High Latin Mass is celebrated every day, and the Holy Rosary, traditional devotions, chants and songs are offered up along the way. For more information, please email info@lms.org.uk or telephone 02074 047284. Sponsors and volunteers are also needed.

Flame 2019

March 02, 2019

Booking for Flame, which takes place on 2nd March 2019, is now open. This is a highlight national event for Catholic youth (ages 18-25) in Wembley Arena, featuring inspirational speakers and award-winning music. Last year 350 young people attended from the Diocese of Portsmouth, joining more than 8,000 others from across the United Kingdom. To book, please call Tom Sellars on 01329 318869.

Guild of St. Clare

July 24, 2018

The Guild of St. Clare will be holding a Summer Craft Class in St. Mary's Hall on Wednesday 25th July, from 10am to 12 noon. This is open to all children aged 8 years and above. All craft materials will be provided. To enrol your child for the Summer Craft Class, or for more information, please call Maxine on 07967780354.

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