Newsletter: 23rd/24th June 2018 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist
Sunday Readings: Year 2(B); Weekdays: Year II; Liturgy of the Hours: Week IV

Newsletter - Nativity of St. John the Baptist

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Commentary for the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Today, we celebrate the Nativity of St John the Baptist. It is one of only three birthdays in the Church calendar; the other two are the Nativity of Jesus on Christmas Day, and the Nativity of Mary on 8th September. St John was the Precursor – the prophet – who would go before the Messias to prepare the way for Him by preaching a doctrine of repentance.

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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.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Throughout June, which is the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Litany of the Sacred Heart will be prayed in St Mary’s Church every day during Holy Hour (7-8pm), except on Wednesdays, when it will be prayed after the 6.30pm Rosary.

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 very 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?

First Friday & First Saturday Devotions

Next month’s First Friday devotions take place at Sacred Heart Church, Fareham, on Friday 6th July, beginning with the Rosary at 9am. Mass follows, and afterwards there is Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, during which there will be a meditation on the Crucifixion of the Lord and Sacred Heart devotions. Confessions will be heard after Mass, up until the devotions end with Benediction at 10.30am. The following day, Saturday 7th July, join us at St Mary’s Church for First Saturday devotions, which begin with the Holy Rosary at 9am. Sung Latin Mass is then celebrated at 9.30am, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with a second Holy Rosary and a meditation on the Crowning with Thorns. Confessions will be heard throughout the morning, which ends with Benediction at 12 noon. The Marian Group will then meet in the Upper Room of St Mary’s Hall, where there will be a shared lunch and Marian catechesis by one of the friars.

St. Monica's Group

June 04, 2018

The St Monica Mother’s Prayer Group will meet again in St Mary’s Church at 7pm on Tuesday 3rd July. 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.

Glastonbury Pilgrimage

July 07, 2018

On Sunday 8th July, a group of parishioners and two friars will be participating in the Diocese of Clifton’s annual pilgrimage to Glastonbury, which is led by Bishop Declan Lang. A minibus will leave from outside St Mary’s Hall at 9am, to return at about 7pm (times TBC). The day begins at the Shrine of Our Lady with the Holy Rosary at 11.30am, and ends with the Pilgrimage Mass at 3.30pm. The procession, led by the Bishop, commences at 2.15pm. The Sacrament of Penance will be available from 12 noon until 3pm. If you would like to join the pilgrims travelling from Gosport, please contact the parish office.

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.

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.

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