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Newsletter: 3rd/4th March 2018 - 3rd Sunday of Lent
Sunday Readings: Year 2(B); Weekdays: Year II; Liturgy of the Hours: Week III

Newsletter - 3rd Sunday of Lent

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Commentary for the 3rd Sunday of Lent

"God's Foolishness is wiser than men". This is the of Fr. George's reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Lent. They are also the words of St. Paul who reminds us that God's divine wisdom and infinite love is manifested in the Cross. You can read the full commentary by clicking the button below.

Reflections from the Silent Retreat led by Fr. Serafino

24th February was the Lenten Retreat led by Fr. Serafino M. Lanzetta. The retreat was held at St. Columba's, Bridgemary and it was attended by about 50 persons. Fr. Serafino spoke about the three pillars of Lent: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. You can click the button below to read the reflections of one of those who participated in the retreat.

March - The Month of St. Joseph

The month of March is dedicated to St. Joseph. Very little is known about the foster father of Our Lord and the Chaste Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. But Scriptures call a 'just man', and according to Jacob Campbell, this appellation, coming form the authors of the Gospel, cannot be unexceptional but must have a lot of meaning.

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Rosary on the Coast of the British Isles

This great initiative has recently received the support of Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth Diocese. These are the are the words of our dear bishop: "I am happy to support your initiative. Thank you for this important witness to the Truth of faith in Christ and to the power of prayer which by God’s grace will surely bring much goodness. Our culture is facing so many challenges at this moment, not least to the sound values that underpin our family and social life. May Mary’s prayers win our land back to the Lord. May God bless this work and bring it to a good outcome".

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St. Mary's Renovations

Work on the new floor begins on Thursday 8th March, so the church will be closed between then and Friday 23rd March, weekends included. All Masses will be celebrated at usual times, but at St. Columba's Church. We also solicit your financial support to cover the expenses of this ongoing renovation project. Cheques should be made payable to "PRCDTR-Gosport". You can also donate online. Please, visit our donate page by clicking the button below.

 

Table Top Sale

On Saturday 24th March, between 10am and 3pm, St. Mary's Hall will host a Table Top Sale. Entrance fee of just 20p for adults; no charge for children. If you have items to sell, please contact the parish office to book up to three tables at a charge of £10 per table. All funds raised will go towards the St. Mary's floor and heating renovation project. Please contact the parish office if you are able to volunteer in the kitchen to serve tea and coffee. Cake donations are very welcome

 

March 4 Life UK 2018

The March 4 Life UK will be held in London this year 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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Divine Mercy Retreat

Fr. Des Connolly will lead a Day of Reflection on the Divine Mercy of God in preparation for the Divine Mercy Sunday at St. Joseph's Centre in Southampton (SO40 7DU) on Saturday 17th March from 10:30am to 4:00pm. This will include Mass and a homemade vegetarian soup lunch. The cost of attendance is £20 per person. If you would like to attend, please email Fr. Des at fatherdes@icloud.com or call 02380292377 and leave a voicemail message.

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