Newsletter: 6th/7th October 2018 - 27th Sunday of the Year
Sunday Readings: Year 2(B); Weekdays: Year II; Liturgy of the Hours: Week III

Newsletter - 27th Sunday of the Year

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Fr. George Roth: Holy Matrimony

Today’s Gospel (Mk. 10:2-16) gives us the essential teaching of the Church on Holy Matrimony which is both a holy state and a sacrament of the Church. 

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 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.

Pro-Life Appeal

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has produced postcards for you to send a message to your MP urging him/her to vote against a dangerous new bill that seeks to decriminalise abortion completely, thereby removing the few remaining legal protections for unborn babies in this country. The bill will be put before the House of Commons for a vote on Tuesday 23rd October. You can obtain one of these postcards, which are available at the entrance of St. Mary's Church, and send it to Caroline Dinenage, the MP for Gosport.

New Painting in St. Mary's Hall

Our parish is blessed to have among its members a very gifted artist in Clare Fox, who has recently produced a truly magnificent painting of Our Lady with the Child Jesus. The image, entitled ‘Mary, Mother of the Infant Saviour’, which Clare has so kindly donated to the parish, is now on display in St Mary’s Hall. Parishioners are warmly invited to come and view it for themselves, and it is hoped that all who see it will be inspired to a greater love for and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. We are very grateful to Clare for this beautiful gift.

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.

In addition, Adoration now takes place at St. Mary's every weekday morning, from 9am until 12 noon in the Chapel of the Crucifix., for the needs of Holy Mother Church in these times of great turbulence.

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?

Children's Catechism

  • Monday 8th October, 7pm                                 Meeting for Catechists

  • Saturday 13th October, 9am                             Catechism for All Children

  • Saturday 20th October, 9am                             First Communion & Confirmation Catechism

It is not too late to register your child for these classes. If you wish to do so, please visit the parish office to complete a parental consent form.

St. Monica Prayer Group

September 03, 2018

The St Monica Mother’s Prayer Group will meet again in St Mary’s Church at 7pm on Tuesday 9th October. 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.

A Day With Mary

A Day With Mary is coming to St John’s Cathedral, led by Fr. Serafino and Fr. Pio, on Saturday 13th October, from 9.45am to 5.15pm. A Day With Mary emphasises worship of the Blessed Sacrament and devotion to Our Lady. It includes Mass, the Rosary, Adoration and Benediction, Acts of Consecration, Confession, Enrolments in the Brown Scapular and the Miraculous Medal, and much more.

Spiritual Retreat

October 19, 2018

Father Serafino will lead another spiritual retreat day at St Columba’s on Saturday 20th October. The day begins with the Holy Rosary at 9am, and concludes at around 4.30pm. Please bring your own packed lunch. To book your place, please call the parish office, or register on the parish website.

Guild of St. Clare

July 24, 2018

The Guild of St. Clare will be holding the next Arts & Craft Class in the Upper Room of St. Mary's Hall on Saturday 20th October from 3-5pm. 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.

Safegaurding Courses

Everyone in the parish who works with children and/or vulnerable adults, including all Eucharistic Ministers and Children’s Catechists, must take the full Child Protection Course and/or the Vulnerable Adults Course every five years. These courses will be delivered in St Mary’s Hall, from 7pm to 9pm, on Thursday 8th November (Child Protection) and Thursday 15th November (Vulnerable Adults). If you work with children and/or vulnerable adults, please call Barbara Davies on 02392 521686 to register your attendance at one or both of these training sessions.

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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