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February/March 2011 Vol 11-1

Bamenda Revisited Vocations Sunday Project Tanzania Lent Fast Day Christmas in Bethlehem ... plus all our regular features

The Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth magazine

PORTSMOUTH Jay Kettle-Williams


Level Playing Field here’s an old joke that St Peter is showing some new arrivals around Heaven and pointing to the various groups. As he approaches a wall, he asked those in his entourage to keep very quiet because, he explains, ‘On the other side of this wall are the Catholics, they think they’re the only ones here.’


The burning of poppies by Muslim extremists at 11am, on the 11th day of the 11th month last year in London, the ensuing demonstration outside a local mosque, a south-coast civic remembrance service with Koranic verses proclaimed in Arabic and, yet again, no complementary Gospel reading added to the poignancy of Remembrance Day, especially when you bear in mind that so many who have died in our nation’s wars would have done so with the Gospel on their lips and in their hearts. Cultural sensitivity should be a two-way street, especially if the multicultural experiment in this country is to succeed and to attain the goal of full social inclusion. To foster one’s own cultural self-awareness should not be at the expense of one’s neighbour. I recall that one London borough used to help, maybe it still does help, immigrants to this country to return periodically to their country of birth, India, lest their cultural and religious affiliation with that mother country falter or fail. We have also heard of late that many Muslims in our country find the cost of the lifetime goal of a Hadj pilgrimage to Mecca prohibitive. The suggestion of state financial support for such cases has again been mooted. So, perhaps it’s time to call on the law of LPF (Level Playing Field), so often overlooked, to pull issues back from where they are out of kilter. We are told that multiculturalism, a slippery path on which to keep your footing, is failing in this country. Yet it can work and it can work well. The Catholic faith is worldwide, living proof of the fact. There’s an old Spanish saying, Quien no grita no mama, which, roughly means ‘Shout if you want to be fed’ (Lit. ‘Who does not shout, does not suckle’). Later this year, come the national census on 27 March, we’re being given the chance, if not to shout, certainly to make our presence known. We’ll have the chance to lay down a clear marker recording our Christianity – we’ll be asked our religion – and to register our support for the Christian tenets on which our culture, with all its traditions, has been painstakingly built. Admittedly some might not like the State knowing too much about them. They might opt not to answer, claiming such questioning an invasion of privacy: ‘Big Brother!’ [See Letters] But if the authorities don’t know we’re here, how can we complain if we’re ignored and left alone in isolation on the other side of the wall?

Contents Bishop’s Bulletin 2 Homily For Deceased Bishops, Priests 5 And Deacons by Canon Mahy Teens And 20s by Joshua Fernandes 6 This Is IT! 7 Parsons Pointers by John Parsons 7 Profiles 8 & 16 Behind The Scenes 8 Calendar 9 Prie-Dieu by Fr Denis Blackledge 10 Help For The Hard Of Hearing by Maggie Short 10 St Anne’s: The Tanzania Connection 11 by Sue Hutchinson Movers And Shakers 12 12 Anglicans’ Long Journey To Rome by Colin Parkes 14 Anglican Ordinariate: Q&A by Colin Parkes 15 Live Issues by Dominica Roberts 16 A Broader View by Lawrence Fullick 17 Letters 18 News & Announcements 20 Twentysomethings In Bethlehem by Jenny Whelan 21 Health And Social Care In Bamenda by Jo Overton 22 Just For Juniors 24 Bookmark 25 It’s Hard Saying ‘No’ by Luxmy Gopalakrishnan 26 Hints & Wrinkles 27 Guidance For Our Lives by Jeremy Corley 28

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BAMENDA DIARY 23 November – 1 December 2010

Bishop Crispian and Fr Engelbert, the Vicar General

This was a week of huge contrasts. Canon David Hopgood and I left Heathrow for Zurich on Tuesday 23 November early in the morning, when it was still very cool, and arrived in Douala at 7.30 pm the same day, stepping out of the plane into the steamy and humid climate of coastal West Africa with temperatures in the upper 20sC. On our return, we left Douala at midnight on 30 November in a temperature of 29C, only to disembark in Zurich at -1C, and it was equally cold when we arrived in Heathrow later that afternoon, having missed our early connection in Zurich, because of, as they say, ‘the late arrival of the incoming flight’! We eventually arrived back in Portsmouth at 4.30 pm. I reflect as I look out of the window this morning (2 December) as I write these words, that we would not have made it at all if we had been travelling today. Cameroon: Arrival and Welcome For that first night in Cameroon, we were the guests of the Archbishop of Douala and arrived at his house in time for supper with the community, including the retired Archbishop, Cardinal Tumi. We were made very welcome and were given airconditioned rooms in the Cardinal’s private residence which is alongside Archbishop’s House.



Pupils at St Joseph's, the Cathedral school in Bamenda

Bamenda-bound It was an early start the next morning, though we did draw the line at having Mass at 6.00 am. We were on the road for Bamenda by 7.30 pm. It is a long drive, admirably achieved by Fr Michael Bibi, who was to be our guide and mentor for the next few days. I cannot speak too highly of the wonderful way in which he looked after us and managed a fairly full and busy timetable, making sure that we were able to move on when necessary in order to get back to the Archbishop’s House for rest and refreshment. We arrived at Archbishop’s House, Bamenda, in time for lunch on 24 November and were very warmly welcomed by Archbishop Cornelius and Fr Ignatius Waindim, both of whom visited us last year. There were no heavy engagements on this afternoon, so after a siesta, which is de rigueur in Bamenda clergy circles, we walked down to the Cathedral to pray at the tomb of Archbishop Paul, at the same time as visiting the newly established Catholic University of Bamenda, which is in its first year with 270 students enrolled. We also had a short look at the new clinic of St Blaise on the site which is in the process of being built. On return to Archbishop’s House, we had a preliminary and courtesy meeting with the Bamenda-Portsmouth

Committee, followed by supper and a relatively early bedtime. Nkwen On the second day of the visit, we celebrated Mass at St Paul’s College, Nkwen, which has links of solidarity and support with our own All Hallows Catholic Secondary School in Farnham. This is a good link and is mutually beneficial for both communities. After Mass, we had a quick visit to the school site and heard about their plans for extending the premises so that, eventually, they will be able to accommodate 900 pupils, many of whom will be boarders. However, any thoughts that anyone may have about a comparison with our concept of boarding schools would not be helpful! The rest of the morning was taken up with a visit to the Pastoral Centre which is affiliated to Maryvale in the Birmingham diocese and which hosts many of the learning and spiritual activities of Bamenda diocese. Situated on top of the escarpment overlooking Bamenda City, it is relatively cool and really a tremendous site. Eventually, with help from Portsmouth, they hope to be able to offer sleeping accommodation to nearly 90 people. The second phase of the accommodation building is in hand, though, for the time being money has

BISHOP’S BULLETIN run out. On our way back to Archbishop’s House, we visited the outstation church of St Felix in the outskirts of Bamenda City. It is as yet unfinished but funds for its building came from St John’s Cathedral in their Lenten Alms collection of 2010. Bamenda diocese is largely self-sufficient in the practical day-to-day work of the diocese, though, of course the bulk of

Jubilee Mass The Jubilee Mass and celebration, which was the main reason for our visit, began at 9.00 am on the morning of Friday 26 November. It would be an understatement to say that it was a simple Mass. The Cathedral holds upwards of 2,500 people and it was full, as was the piazza outside – both spaces were full to overflowing. The priests and religious of the diocese were all

Bishop Crispian and Canon David Hopgood at the half-finished church sponsored by our Cathedral community

funding comes from the Holy See and from other outside agencies like ourselves, so it will come as little surprise to learn that on the campus in which the Cathedral and Archbishop’s House are found, there is a fine array of offices, a big primary school, a professionally equipped garage in which all the diocesan vehicles are maintained, a bakery and woodwork centre. In the offices, there are departments for Health Care, with particular reference of HIV, Education, Justice and Peace, Family Life and Communication, which includes a simple but effective recording studio. Canon David and I recorded a short message of greeting which was subsequently sent to all the local radio stations in the area. After lunch and the statutory rest, we accompanied the Archbishop back to the Cathedral for a ceremony of welcome, followed by a Penitential Service and Adoration for the pilgrims who were beginning to assemble for the Ruby Jubilee celebrations which would take place on the next day. We were allowed to escape to return to Archbishop’s House to spend the evening with other Bishops from the Province of Bamenda, together with the recently ordained Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Piero Pioppo, who was to preside and preach at the Jubilee Mass the next morning.

assembled together with the many bishops who had come for the occasion. Canon David and I were given places of honour because the Portsmouth-Bamenda link, in existence for 36 years, has been such an important feature of the 40 year old history of the diocese. The diocese was founded in 1970 with Archbishop Paul as its first Bishop and our link, engineered by Archbishop Paul and Archbishop (then Bishop) Derek Worlock, came into existence in 1974, when we began to send Fidei Donum priests to Bamenda, including Mgr Ron Hishon, Fr Michael Peters, Fr Peter Codd, Fr Tony Gatt and Fr Eamon Walsh, as well as a number who have since died or left us. Africans do not do short Masses! This celebration went on for nearly 5 hours and was a riot of colour, music, dancing and celebration. The Papal Nuncio preached in English without notes for 20 minutes, Archbishop Cornelius welcomed us all and concluded the ceremony, the Chairman of the Jubilee Committee gave us, at considerable length, the history of the diocese and I made a modest contribution of only about 10 minutes on the mutual importance to both dioceses of the Portsmouth-Bamenda link. There was never a dull moment but it was not short. To give you an idea, from the beginning of the Nuncio's homily until the end of the Offertory processions took nearly

90 minutes. By comparison, Holy Communion for the vast congregation was achieved briskly and efficiently. We eventually re-emerged into the sunshine and the myriad of photographers just before 1.00 pm. Lunch followed, beautifully prepared and presented in various locations, after which it was time once again for the siesta and a well-earned rest. Bambui We had Mass at the St Thomas Aquinas Seminary in nearby Bambui. I presided at the Mass and gave the soutane (cassock) to 17 students who were just beginning their studies for the priesthood, joining some 150 or so others from a variety of dioceses who had already been there for a number of years. It was a stately and reverent celebration, but there was something very moving about it and, once again, the music, both ancient and modern and African was a major feature. Bamenda diocese has the lion’s share of the students and it has 49 young men in various stages of their preparations for ordination. It bodes well for the priestly future of the diocese. After Mass, we were driven up-country to the hospital at Njinikom, where again, Portsmouth has made significant contributions. It plays an important part in the provision of health care both for the immediate area and for the diocese and is very efficiently and impressively run. We have just provided funds for what they call ‘The Dream Van’ - a commercial vehicle for the transport of bulk supplies of drugs and medicines. I gave it a special blessing after which we returned to the presbytery for lunch. There was no provision for the siesta on this day as we were due to visit the big Secondary School of St Bede on the way back to Bamenda. St Bede’s is in a place called Ashing. The headteacher, Fr Bonaventure, will be well known to many in Portsmouth because he spent 2 years at the University of Southampton reading for an MEd, as well as supplying in a number of parishes in the area. He presides over a community of 900 boys and girls, all of whom are boarders. He has very important work to do. After the visit, we returned to Archbishop’s House for supper and bedtime. Ndop There was another early start on Sunday 28 November when we were driven to the parish church of St Peter and St Paul at



BISHOP'S BULLETIN Ndop, where the parish priest is Fr Cosmas. A number of our priests have served there in the past, including Mgr Ron Hishon, Fr Eamon Walsh and Fr Peter Codd. They are well and fondly remembered. It was to be a simple Sunday Mass – or so we thought – but it was not over until at least 11.30 am. We then emerged to meet with the people, visit the Pastoral Centre next door, which is run by the Sisters of LSU – or The Holy Union, as they are known in Bamenda. Sisters known to many of us from their time in Southampton have been among those who have worked in Ndop as missionaries in the past, though there are no English Sisters there at the moment. Lunch followed in the presbytery at which, in traditional manner, I was offered the gizzard of the chicken which is thought to be a particular delicacy for the chief guest. It is strange how suddenly I can discover that I am a vegetarian!

presence and work. Its existence is a real protection from special and very persuasive requests for money and funding from all sorts of different organisations and communities. All applications for moneys from the Portsmouth link have now to be applied for properly with appropriate application forms. The BamendaPortsmouth Committee looks at all applications and passes them on to our Portsmouth-Bamenda Committee before they are approved. It is an important exercise in accountability and transparency. It tunes in very much with Archbishop Cornelius’ wish that our links with Bamenda should be diocese to diocese, rather than haphazard response to individual requests. The two Committees ensure that the help that we can give from our relatively limited resources is to those communities who need it most, rather than to those communities who may be more articulate than others. It ensures a proper and fair distribution to the places in the greatest need.

After lunch, Fr Michael Bibi, in his wonderfully efficient and courteous way, spirited us a way and back to Archbishop’s House for supper and rest. Azire Monday 29 November was our last day in Bamenda and it had been planned as a quiet day, but there was a church (outstation) in St Teresa’s Parish, Azire, for which I had laid the foundation stone, with help of funds raised from Abingdon, which is now completed and was being made into a Eucharistic Centre, as there was now a catechist living next door. Again, this was a simple Mass which only lasted 2 hours! Before lunch we visited the Primary School attached to the Cathedral Parish to deliver a card of greetings from our own Cathedral Primary School of St John in Portsmouth. I am not sure what the children made of it all, especially when we were described by the local priest as coming from ‘white man country’. Bamenda-Portsmouth Committee The day, and effectively the visit, ended with a more formal meeting with the BamendaPortsmouth Committee, over which the Vicar General, Fr Engelbert, presides. This committee is new since my last visit and I have to say how much I welcome its

Bishop Crispian and Fr Michael Bibbi at the half-finished church

Fidei Donum As I wrote at the beginning of this diary, the Portsmouth-Bamenda link began in 1974 as a Fidei Donum initiative whereby we sent priests from Portsmouth to work for a number of years in the diocese of Bamenda, living alongside Bamendan priests and assisting them. We are no longer able to do that, though our Bamenda Sunday and its collection ensure that we can continue to support and sustain a number of important and necessary projects in the diocese.

Fidei Donum wants very much to address this question and offers us help. He has therefore proposed to offer us two priests, who will come to work with us for at least three years, with the possibility of extending their mandate for a further three years, should that be agreeable to all parties concerned. This is a most generous offer and I have accepted it very gratefully. It means that, subject to the willingness of priest volunteers and their readiness to come, we will have 2 Bamenda priests working with us from next September. Canon David and I met with two prospective candidates and we were impressed with the quality and enthusiasm that they have shown. September 2011 has been agreed as the start date because there are a number of formalities, like the application for visas and the discernment of suitable placements, which will need to be sorted out well in advance. I want to go on record that I think that this is a most generous offer from the Archbishop, that it has been welcomed by our two respective committees and that it will mark the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the linking of our two dioceses. It will further cement what has been a very important period in our history – the Portsmouth-Bamenda link. Over the years, we have given, though in different ways, as much as we have received. This has been a wonderful exercise in the sharing of gifts and it has given both Bamenda and ourselves that opportunity of glimpsing a world which is bigger than our own and on in which we have a common purpose in building up the Christian community and furthering the proclamation of the kingdom. Canon David and I have returned home even more convinced than we were before of the richness and importance of the links which bring our two dioceses together. We have truly been able to say that ‘these days (of our visit) have been made by the Lord; we rejoice and give thanks for them.’

Archbishop Cornelius is very aware of the relative diminishing in the number of priests that we have in Portsmouth and in a new

[Please note: Bishop Crispian's engagements for the forthcoming period are being posted online. The production schedule for this issue, shortened because of the Christmas/New Year down-time, meant that not all matters could be finalised by the time of going to press. With apologies. Ed.]




FEAST OF THE DEDICATION OF ST JOHN LATERAN On 9 November 2010, Canon David Mahy preached in the Cathedral, with Bishop Crispian presiding, at a diocesan Mass for the deceased Bishops, Priests and Deacons of our Diocese of Portsmouth. The date happened to be the feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St John Lateran, in Rome. We reproduce Canon Mahy’s Homily in two parts.

n the sacristies of each of our churches and chapels in the Diocese you can find a book entitled Calendar of the Diocese of Portsmouth. Its Latin name is the Ordo for clergy and parish sacristans, the book is an essential guide to the seasons, feasts and saints days of the church’s year. It also gives a suggested diocesan prayer intention for each day, with the anniversary dates of the dedication or consecration of each of our churches. For some major feasts, particular scripture readings are prescribed which take precedence over those that a priest might otherwise choose. The feast of the Dedication of the Church of St John Lateran is such a feast. Hence the readings today, which we might not otherwise expect in a Mass commemorating the dead. On this day the universal church commemorates the dedication of the church in the city of Rome which is the cathedral church of the Bishop of Rome, the Holy Father, the successor of St Peter. While St Peter’s Basilica is recognised as being built over the tomb of the Apostle Peter, and so most familiar to pilgrims, the Basilica of St John Lateran remains the cathedral church of Rome. So we celebrate today the feast of the Dedication of the Cathedral of St John Lateran.


Even so, today’s readings are particularly appropriate, as we call to mind the bishops, priests and deacons of our diocese who have died over the years. In the Calendar, on most days of the year, you will find, entered, the names and dates of death of priests who have served in our diocese of Portsmouth since it was formed from part of the Diocese of Southwark in 1882. Turning to the appropriate page, if preparing

the liturgy of the day, you might come across the name of someone you actually knew, and you could make a point of offering a brief prayer for that individual. In the past few days I have gone through the list of names with more than usual care. There are almost 300 names and some, who passed briefly through the diocese, are not listed. Of the six bishops, I was ordained by the fourth, I went on to serve with the fifth and sixth, and we are all now with our seventh bishop, happily presiding at our Mass today. Of the priests who died before I was born, five were in parishes where I would subsequently minister as a priest. Of those who died before, or soon after my ordination, one baptised me, and five were priests in the parish where I received my vocation. Many of these were predecessors to priests who would later follow them in particular parishes or other appointments, and who are still among our diocesan clergy today. Many priests joined our diocese after being prepared for ordination in Irish seminaries, and a high proportion of those came to us from the Diocese of Cloyne. And then there were the religious: many more of them than are recorded in the Ordo. Of the deacons, three are named among those we commemorate today. The restoration of the permanent diaconate, with the loving support of their families is a great gift to the Church, and is a blessing to our diocese, as surely we will increasingly come to understand.

The Diocese of Portsmouth Consisting of the Counties of Hampshire, Dorset, Berkshire except Slough, South Oxfordshire, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands. Formed 19 May 1882 by division of the Diocese of Southwark into the Dioceses of Southwark and Portsmouth.

Patrons Our Blessed Lady - Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8 December St Edmund of Abingdon Feast Day, 16 November

Bishops Rt Rev John Vertue Born, 28 April 1826. Consecrated Bishop of Portsmouth, 25 July 1882

Rt Rev John Baptist Cahill Born, 2 September 1841. Consecrated Bishop of Thagora and Auxiliary,1 May 1900 Succeeded as Bishop of Portsmouth, 30 August 1900. Died (buried in Ryde), 2 August 1910

Rt Rev William Timothy Cotter Born, 21 December 1866. Consecrated Bishop of Clazonmenae and Auxiliary, 19 March 1905 Succeeded as Bishop of Portsmouth, 24 November 1910. Died (buried in Waterlooville), 24 October 1940

Most Rev John Henry King Born, 16 September 1880. Consecrated Bishop of Opus and Auxiliary, 15 July 1938 Succeeded as Bishop of Portsmouth, 4 June 1941. Given personal title of Archbishop, 6 June 1954

Rt Rev Derek Worlock Born, 4 February 1920. Consecrated Bishop of Portsmouth, 21 December 1965 Translated to Liverpool as Archbishop, 7 February 1976. Died (buried in Liverpool), 8 February 1996

Rt Rev Anthony Joseph Emery Born, 17 May 1918. Consecrated Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, 4 March 1976 Installed as Bishop of Portsmouth, 11 November 1976. Died (buried in Portsmouth), 5 April 1988

[We continue with part two of Canon Mahy’s homily in our forthcoming issue. Ed.]




TEENS & 20s

How The Duke of Edinburgh Deepened My Faith Joshua Fernandes reflects on lessons learned ecently, I had the pleasure of meeting Prince Philip, as I successfully completed my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.


There are three levels of the Award, Bronze, Silver and Gold. At each stage there are three sections that you must complete: Service, Skill and Physical (the length of time varying with award level). For Gold there’s an additional section: Residential, which involves spending time away from home on a shared activity with people you’ve never met before. Every activity during this process is a display of your identity, your likes and dislikes. My faith is an integral part of who I am and it’s something no one should hide. Long before I embarked on the Award, I had been an Altar server and part of the Guild of St Stephen. It turned out that this counted as the service element for the Bronze Award.

‘My faith is an integral part of who I am and it’s something no one should hide’

When it came to the Gold, I wanted to challenge myself and move out of my comfort zone. So my residential week was spent on a pilgrimage to Lourdes in France, helping the elderly with their personal needs and mobility, giving me the chance to understand the needs of others.

Given the great diversity of people, a good religious debate is never too far away. On many occasions I have found myself trying to justify my faith and persuade people to see the other side of their argument. In the end you have to respect the other person’s point of view. You cannot shove religion down people’s throat. Sometimes all it takes is a change of delivery to adapt to the everchanging world. In all of this the key element has to be parents. It is only through their patience and teachings that I gained the values that I have today and been able to do the things that I have. Their constant encouragement/nags have pushed me to do things that I wouldn’t have otherwise done, so the true thanks should go to them. What have I learnt from all of this is: It’s true that God is listening and is always there for us, although sometimes it may not feel like it. He always gives us the opportunity to accomplish our wishes; it’s down to us whether we truly achieve them.

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I found it to be a deeply enriching experience that gave me the chance to be a part of something more than myself. The evening prayer vigils, the processions and hearing Mass in five different languages are only a few cherished moments. It truly was one of the more fulfilling times of my life. Upon my return back home I felt invigorated and my faith renewed. Since then I have gone on to university, where you really begin to understand yourself better. For some it takes a while but in the end you know who you are. My religion has always been at my core.



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mong the family bits and pieces is a postcard from the Environment Services Department of Sheffield City Council which our younger son sent to us. It says, ‘It is good to talk Rubbish’ Our son wrote on the back ‘Vindicated. It’s nice to get it in writing’.

When I started to think about that it struck me that there is an important message for Christians there. The proper use of God’s gifts to us in the shape of the world around us is surely something that we have to take seriously. And so sorting out the recyclable from the other rubbish is more than just a chore, it is a Christian responsibility. I have a friend who gives me odd tit bits that I may find useful in this column. He was recently telling me about a chap at one of the local recycling centres. Apparently this man is renowned throughout the area for being helpful. He comes from abroad and has little English but he makes himself understood and is always courteous. By their fruits you shall know them. That sentiment struck me as I was thinking about what the Pope had said about Christian influence in the life of the nation. There was a time when Catholics were known by their fish on Friday and so on. I think now that society judges us by what we do rather than by what the rules may be. On the face of it the local tip is hardly the place where you would expect to find Christianity in action. But that man is a one-man help machine. I gather he goes to a local Catholic Church. The recycling centre led me to think of the Philippine Community Fund. They help the children who scavenge on the enormous rubbish dumps in Manila. Indeed they have recently opened a school which has been built out of containers

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The lesson seems to be that if you want to find God at work it may well be among the lowly and menial and not necessarily in the posh places.

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This rather tied up with an obituary I was reading about an Anglican priest who rescued a statue of Christ from a skip. It had the hands sawn off. He rescued it and put it in his vicarage to remind people that we are God’s hands.

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John worships at the Church of Our Lady in Fleet and is in the choir there. He is a keen ecumenist and is a former Chairman of the Diocesan Commission for Christian Unity. He has been a regular contributor to Portsmouth People for some years with his column Parsons Pointers.




PERSONALITY PROFILE School in Bournemouth’ – Graham took a gap year after school, ‘when people never talked of such a thing as a gap year’, and went off with a chum to Afghanistan, India, Singapore and Australia. Once back in the UK, he worked for a while in a ships planning office in Southampton before joining IBM where he remained for 25 years, becoming a Corporate IT Auditor. And then, come 2010, he joined the Curia with responsibility to the LOF Campaign. Graham Palethorpe

x-IBM Corporate Auditor Graham Palethorpe – ‘I was an auditor for over 10 years’ – is better known these days as the Diocesan Living Our Faith Coordinator.


Hampshire Catholic born (New Milton) and bred – ‘I went to St Thomas More

One of 3 children – ‘I have a sister in Ealing, Southampton. My younger sister Sally unfortunately drowned 17 years ago off the Barrier Reef’ – Graham and his wife Christine, who works as a Medical Secretary for Spire Healthcare in Southampton, have two children: David, currently training to be a doctor, and Catherine who is currently preparing to go to university to study modern languages. ‘Living Our Faith,’

Graham explained, ‘has been so successful. The Diocese is now in such a good position to provide support for Parish and Lay Formation initiatives, to provide support for renewing facilities, to provide for clergy formation/support and to provide funding for local parish initiatives.’ In his younger days Graham was keen on parachuting, rock climbing and exploring caves. However, these days it’s the occasional malt whisky, Tai Chi and ‘playing the guitar badly accompanied by an even worse singing voice’. Graham, who admits to getting ruffled by ‘slow drivers in the middle lanes of motorways’, has recently launched into a new pastime: ‘There’s the family allotment now to keep me occupied at weekends, not that I’d claim to have green fingers … but hopefully that’ll just be a matter of time.’

With this issue BEHIND THE SCENES takes a look at … Getting PP out to the Masses!

‘Capt’ John Ross

At the end of every other month, he gets behind the wheel of a delivery van and sets off for the best part of a working week, sometimes longer, to drive over 800 miles to almost 100 spots around our diocese, often spending 11 hours a day on the road, come rain or shine. If it weren’t for John Ross, you probably wouldn’t now be holding this magazine in your hands.

‘We used to produce and distribute 10,000 copies of the magazine but demand dictated that we up that number to 15,000,’ explained John. ‘With the magazines boxed into 100s and each magazine weighing in at about 128 g and there being 28.35 g to the ounce … well, you can do the sums. The weather can be a bit tricky at times, such



as just before Christmas with all that snow and ice. There are deliveries to be made all over the place including Southampton docks, to send shipments to the Channel Islands, and to Southsea for copies to catch the hovercraft to the IoW. I liaise with three kind men in the CIs and IoW. They then collect from the boats and hovercraft. I’ve never met them. I only know their voices.’ John Ross - ‘I’m Anglican but my wife, Fran(ces), is a Catholic’ – has been PP’s Distribution Manager for the past 5 years or so, since before the publication went into magazine format. In a former life John worked for the Anglican Church engaged with church, school and other building restoration-cum-preservation. When he and Fran are not playing grandparents to their five grandchildren, John likes nothing better than messing about on the River Itchen in his pride and joy: an 84-yearold motor boat, ‘a veteran of Dunkirk’.

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What’s in a Word - LENT Lent is the period of the liturgical year leading up to Easter. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and selfdenial/evaluation — for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Conventionally Lent is described as being forty days long, though different denominations calculate the forty days differently. The forty days represent the time that, according to the Bible, Jesus spent in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by Satan. Lenten practice was virtually universal in Christendom until the Protestant Reformation. Some Protestant churches do not observe Lent, but many do e.g. Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians and Anglicans. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (9 March) and ends in the Catholic Church at sundown on 21 April (Holy Thursday) with the beginning of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. In most churches, Lenten decorations are purple, the royal colour, celebrating kingship.

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FEATURE And once that fear-barrier is broken down and passed through, the elemental joy of floating takes over and give a new dimension to living.

Fr Denis Blackledge

PRIE-DIEU: LETTING GO Loving Lord, learning to float on water is a good way of learning how to pray. For the simple lesson to be learned is to trust myself to what apparently is unable to hold and carry me and let my whole self relax and rest upon one of the most basic elements that from time immemorial has frightened humans. Making friends with water in this way can tell us a lot about making friends with you, Lord. Developing a relationship of trust that learns how to lean back and let you take the strain.

Loving Lord, establishing a relationship of utter trust, of letting go so I can be carried is absolutely basic when it comes to growing in depth. For I literally have to accept that being out of depth is the fundamental status of a human being. And learning how to float on water tells its own tale. For it doesn’t matter how shallow or how deep the water is. What matters is the depth of my own trusting! Once I can get my feet off the bottom and begin to realize that I’ll always be held, and only my panic or fear can make me sink, then I’ve cracked it, for the two of us have no barriers between us, and all the facts are friendly.

Loving Lord, so it is with you. Learning how to pray can only come out of the depths of each of us individual human beings with our unique history and mystery. Just letting go and entrusting our whole self as we are and feel right now and leaning up against you, Lord. Loving Lord, the problem often is that we want to swim before we can float. We want to do things for you and get somewhere before we’ve established that deep trust. We want religion before relationship. Loving Lord, teach us all that floating is far more important than swimming. Teach us all that being-with-you is far more important than doing-for-you. That way we’ll be better swimmers too in your love and service, for once we’ve genuinely learned to float we can never forget. Lord, teach us how to float. Amen.

Fr Denis Blackledge SJ is Parish Priest, Corpus Christi Boscombe, and Pastoral Co-ordinator, Bournemouth.

Do you struggle to hear what is going on during Mass or other services ? Maggie Short identifies the help at hand o lose hearing is one of the most isolating things that can happen to anyone, and people often give up attending church when it becomes just too difficult to hear what is going on.


Our diocese is very much aware that one in seven among its congregations are either deaf, deafened or hard of hearing – i.e. conditions in which individuals are fully or partially unable to detect or perceive at least some frequencies of sound which can typically be heard by others - and so has arranged that a British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreter and a Lipspeaker are regularly available for three of the big annual diocesan events: the Rite of Election; the Mass of the Oils (Chrism Mass) and the Significant Anniversaries Mass which are being held this year on 12 March at the Cathedral, on 19 April at the Cathedral and on 18 June at St Bede’s (Basingstoke) respectively.

© Denis Blackledge SJ

Parishioners in the Deaf Community are now no longer confined to services exclusively for BSL users: members of parishes, plus their families and friends who have lost hearing, but are still operating in the hearing world, find the presence of a Lipspeaker enables them to take as full a part as ever. A Lipspeaker repeats whatever is being said, but without voice, so that people who have lost their hearing are helped to lipread and so keep up with what is being said. The presence of a BSL Interpreter means that deaf people can similarly be brought into the normal voiced service and so likewise feel fully part of the worshipping community. The diocese is very committed to having as many people as possible involved in as many services as possible. So, if you or anyone you know has felt obliged to sacrifice attending church because of hearing problems, why not come to one or all of the above celebrations? Ben Legrys, the BSL Interpreter, and myself, Maggie Short, the Lipspeaker, and others look forward to meeting you and chatting to you … you’ll also get a good seat!

For further details and information: Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth website (; St John’s Cathedral website (; Maggie Short (e: and; British Deaf Association (; Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults (; Association of Lipspeakers (




St Anne’s: the Tanzania Connection Sue Hutchinson reports on a Southampton school’s steps to go international t has been an exciting few years for our school, St Anne’s, in central Southampton with a link being set up with The Debrabant School in Tanzania. The secondary school has only fairly recently been built in a rural area south of the city of Dar Es Salaam but, as an LSU school, it has a great deal in common with St Anne’s: the founder of both our schools was Jean Baptiste Debrabant, a man with a vision and a passion to provide quality education for young women. Debrabant, who lived in France in the 1800s, was actually the founder of the LSU, which established St Anne’s in 1904.


Jean Baptiste Debrabant 1801-1880

Some of the students of St Anne’s began supporting The Debrabant School after a visit to Tanzania by one of the school’s English teachers brought to light the already existing links between the two schools. The first thing some of the girls then did was to

send some letters to their Tanzanian school mates and they were delighted to receive an answer, penned by one of the girls more fluent in English. Some months later, we welcomed to the school Sister Theresa Finn, an exgovernor of St Anne’s, and were delighted to receive a gift from Tanzania, a beautiful wood carving [See inset] which is now on display in our school vestibule. As interest grew, some of the sixth form students at St Anne’s began to take a lead in supporting the school in Dar Es Salaam and so began a series of fundraising activities which included showing a film to students in their lunch times, baking cakes to sell to the staff and, most recently, a hugely popular non-uniform day which raised very nearly £1000 [See inset]. Very quickly, The Debrabant School, having been supported by two of the school’s houses, had been established as a whole school charity.

The way ahead looks exciting as we hope that more and more students, and staff, will become actively involved in supporting what we now fondly term ‘our sister school’. Our aim is that we not only raise money (although there is always going to be a need for finance) but that we find a variety of ways to support and pray for our sisters and brothers in Tanzania. We want to be a very real source of encouragement and strength to them as we all work towards a common goal, that of providing excellent education for girls (and boys) in an environment of Christian care and nurture. Who knows what the future might hold? Perhaps one day, in the not too distant future, we could see a group of St Anne’s teachers going out to train and equip the Tanzanian teachers or sixth form students choosing to volunteer at The Debrabant School for an African gap year.

Sue Hutchinson, English teacher at St Anne’s Catholioc School and Sixth Form College (Southampton), is responsible for setting-up and maintaining the Tanzania link.




MOVERS and SHAKERS We pick up on the enthusiasm and achievement across our diocese LOF IN ACTION: THE GREAT PARISH GIVE-AWAY


John Regan is presented with medal and plaque by Fr Peter Willcocks SJ

Congratulations to John Regan who recently retired as Head of Corpus Christi Primary School (Bournemouth). For outstanding 38 years in education, 22 as a head, John received the PRO ECCLESIA ET PONTIFICE medal from the Pope.

Stewardship in Parishes across the Diocese of Portsmouth involves the talents of all Catholics being acknowledged as an essential part of the body of Christ: every parishioner has treasure to receive and time to give and, by extension, every Parish has treasure to give and receive. The Parish of St Joseph's Havant set out to raise funds for Living Our Faith with a target of £133k. St Joseph’s then opted to help out neighbouring parishes with greater financial needs: £7.5k was given to St Michael's (Leigh Park), long since crippled with debt from a Church burnt down, and £7.5k to Sacred Heart (Waterlooville) for its new Church [See previous issue of PP]. No Parish exists in isolation. The recipient communities of St Michael's and the Sacred Heart, seen here being presented with their cheques by Fr Tom Grufferty (St Joseph's), express sincere thanks to the people of St Joseph's Parish.



Chris Whitfield, Acting Head of St Edmund's School (Portsmouth), is pictured here with Year 7 students and colleague before a recent Fun Run at the school. 50% of money raised is earmarked for Bamenda, 50% to purchase a new trampoline for the school.

LONG SERVICE AWARD FOR ‘TEMPORARY’ VOLUNTEER A woman volunteering to be parish CAFOD representative on a temporary basis has been given a National Long Service Award. Back in 1990, CAFOD was looking for someone to post off the contributions from the Friday Self Denial envelopes at St Joseph’s in Tilehurst, Reading. Margaret Chaplin came forward. ‘I said I’d volunteer until someone else came along,’ said Margaret, now 80 years old. ‘I’ve had to give up the other things I used to do, like cleaning the church, but yes! You’ve guessed it! I’m still doing CAFOD.’



Anne Lambkin, Past President Portsmouth UCM, was one of five ladies honoured at last year's Catholic Woman of the Year Lunch. 35 members travelled to London for the occasion. The party included Anne’s Latvian daughter-in-law, which was very appropriate since Anne has worked as the RC representative to the Ecumenical Forum for European Christian Women.


TOP OF THE FORM Salesian College (Farnborough) recently won the Top of the Form competition scoring 417 points against the runner-ups’ 199. James Astles, Thomas Bates, Oliver Dunkley, Luke Shirley and George Uzzell won £500 for the College Science Department, a cheque for £25 each and flights to the Devonshire Dock at BAE Submarine Solutions, Barrow-In-Furness. The competition, coordinated by BAE Farnborough, aims at promoting the practical application of Science, Maths and Engineering knowledge to students ages 14-16.


Congratulations to one of St Laurence’s longest-serving parishioners, 86-yearold Kathleen (Katie) Pitt, awarded an MBE for services to the community in Petersfield.

Last November, male staff at Saint George College (Southampton) grew beards and moustaches to raise a pot of money for the ‘Movember’ Cancer Campaign in aid of Prostate Cancer. Event Organiser/Assistant Head, Mr Musk, remarked: ‘A lot of us were literally itching for the event to end so we could reach for razors!’



Every day five vessels berth at the port of Jersey bringing 98.6% of the goods needed plus passengers and cars. Over 100 seafarers arrive daily, often to remain ship-bound. At Christmas, the A.O.S. and The Mission to Seafarers say ‘Thank you’ to the crews of those vessels by bringing them gifts. December was a busy month for the A.O.S. volunteers of Port of Jersey and of the Jersey Parish: Parishioners knitted woolly hats, wrote Christmas cards and donated toiletries. Local A.O.S. volunteers saw to the packing and, over the Christmas period, delivered the gifts to the crews berthed at Jersey. Packing woolly hats and other presents: (L to R) Dennis Troy MBE Volunteer Ship Visitor, Peter Fosse AOS Parish Contact St Thomas', Terry Brown Volunteer Ship Visitor, Peter Bewers Volunteer Ship Visitor. Jersey is part of the area looked after by Chaplain Deacon the Reverend Roger Stone who, based in Southampton, has a ‘beat’ covering the ports of Sussex, Hampshire, Dorset and Jersey

CATHEDRAL GUILD OF ST JOHN Set up at the Cathedral some three years ago, the group helps the Cathedral Verger incl. looking after Altar Servers; ensuring a member is present at week-day lunchtime Masses: assisting the priests and Bishop at baptisms, weddings, funerals, Benediction … Guild Members (L to R, back row to front): Brian Kidd, David Kennedy (Cathedral Verger), Samir Alqas, Richard Trist, Judy Pellatt, Dougie Waterman & Gabriel Somorjay




Anglicans’ Long Journey To Rome Nears Its End Colin Parkes reports on the Ordinariate ere in the Diocese of Portsmouth, we are close to having a number of new Catholic neighbours. They are Anglicans in our area hoping to join the Catholic Church under the provisions of the Ordinariate announced more than a year ago by Pope Benedict.


These are exciting but uncertain times for them. Exciting because in Holy Week they should finally be received into full communion with the Church for which they have been yearning for a long time. Uncertain because it’s not yet clear how things will work in practice. Under the arrangements announced by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in November there are several

Former Bishop Reverend Andrew Burnham

Before the beginning of Lent, retired Bishops, including Edwin Barnes the former Bishop of Richborough who lives in Lymington, are also due to be ordained. Also before the beginning of Lent former Anglican clergymen intending to lead groups of faithful into the Ordinariate will begin ‘a period of intense formation’ for ordination as Catholic priests. In this area, there are expected to be groups from Reading, the Isle of Wight and Christchurch, amounting to a few dozen people in all, though precisely how many is not yet clear.


Although members of the Ordinariate will not be part of the main structure of our diocese, Bishop Crispian has been involved in making the local arrangements and they will be fellow local Catholics. And we are likely to bump into some of them in our churches. During Lent, before their own pastors are ordained, they may be joining us at Mass. Welcomers take note! By the summer, the ordinariate groups could have their own Mass times in our churches. And, if they are using our buildings, they make it clear they would help with things like church cleaning and flower arranging. The clergy I have spoken to are all prepared to fill in for our own priests when they are on holiday, and hope that our priests will be able to do the same for them. They are anxious not to be seen, in the words of one, ‘as rather quaint, exotic groups.’

We are likely to bump into some of them in our churches

stages. Already, by the time you read this edition of Portsmouth People, at least three former Anglican Bishops are likely to have been ordained as Catholic priests to serve in the Ordinariate. In this area, these include the former Bishop of Ebbsfleet, Andrew Burnham, who lives in Abingdon in the north of our diocese. Also Rome will have appointed an ‘Ordinary’ who will be responsible, together with the local Catholic bishop for the ongoing life of the Ordinariate.


During Lent, these groups, or candidates as they will be by then, will be prepared for reception into the Church, either on Holy Thursday or during the Easter Vigil. Their pastors, assuming all goes well, will be ordained into the Catholic Priesthood around Pentecost.

Will the Ordinariate be a temporary or a permanent structure? Former Bishop Andrew is disarmingly honest about this. ‘The first wave will be quite small, but it could be followed by many others, so the Ordinariate would grow. ‘It is also possible that it turns out not to be viable, in which case those in the Ordinariate would fold into the existing Catholic Community. In a way, it doesn’t greatly matter. The important thing is that those called to make the journey have the chance to do so.’


Anglican Ordinariate: Questions and Answers Q: Why do these Anglicans want to become Catholics?

Q: Do they accept Catholic doctrine?

A: Yes, is the short answer. Anglo-Catholics believe in the A: For most, this is not a sudden or recent decision. Rather, Real Presence of Jesus in the Sacraments, and the other core it’s the end of a long process. Since the Oxford movement in the 1830s and 1840s, in which Blessed John Henry Newman was a leading light, a section of the Church of England has always looked towards Rome. They call themselves AngloCatholics and see themselves as part of the Universal Church, though not necessarily in full communion with it. The Anglican Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) was set up 40 years ago as an instrument of dialogue the aim of which was to bring about unity. Anglo-Catholics fervently hoped for this. But those who are planning to join the Ordinariate now feel that unity is not possible because the Church of England has taken too many independent decisions.

Catholic teachings, especially that of the teaching authority of the Church and the authority of the Papacy.

Q: What preparation will they have? A: Many have already been doing the Evangelium course, which is based on the Catholic catechism. They will undergo further intensive formation during Lent. Q: Why will they be joining a special Ordinariate, rather than an existing parish? A: Over the years, many Anglicans have become Catholics individually, but leaving friends, pastor, church buildings and much loved parts of the liturgy can be a great wrench. Leading Anglo-Catholics petitioned many times to be allowed to be received into full Catholic communion as a group. It was in response to these requests that Pope Benedict has authorised the Ordinariate, which will be allowed to maintain those Anglican traditions and liturgy approved by the Holy See.

Q: What churches will they worship in? A: Still to be decided. The most likely arrangement will be a

Benediction at an Anglo-Catholic Church

The most recent of these is the one to consecrate women bishops, although this is not yet enshrined into the law of the Church of England. Previously, Anglo-Catholics opposed the ordination of women priests and so too would be opposed to the ordination of women as bishops. But the clergy want to make it clear that they are not against women. ‘For a start, most of us are married,’ says former Bishop Andrew Burnham. ‘The real issue is about authority, how the church makes decisions. Gay marriage and whether unbaptised people should be admitted to Holy Communion are among some of the looming questions. ‘By saying that it can decide these things on its own, the Anglican Church is coming loose from its moorings as part of the Universal Church.’

special Mass time for the former Anglicans in an existing Catholic Church. But it may be that the Church of England will agree to rent or lease a building to a newly-Catholic congregation. Some Anglican clergy hope they might be offered an empty Catholic presbytery to live in once they become Catholic priests.

Q: What is Anglo-Catholic liturgy like? A: Not so different from ours in its essentials. Some already use the Roman Missal and Breviary and celebrate all the Catholic feasts. Sunday Masses are usually sung, and great attention is paid to ceremonial, including the correct vestments, use of incense etc. Others want to keep more of the Anglican tradition, including the use of the Book of Common Prayer. The precise and eventual form of worship will be a matter which will have to be agreed by the Ordinary of the Ordinariate and the authorities in Rome. Both parties will want to bear in mind that the Anglican patrimony is, in Pope Benedict’s words, ‘a treasure to be shared’.




PRIEST’S PROFILE General in our diocese, all based in parishes. John’s specific responsibility is to and for the Curia.

Monsignor John Nelson

orn and bred in SE London – ‘We moved to Hampshire when I was 10’ – and one of four children – ‘Brother in New Zealand, one sister in Australia and another sister in Waterlooville’ - Monsignor John Nelson (Ordained 21.07.1984) has been, since 1999, one of the three Vicars


John lived and went to school in Basingstoke from the age of 10 until he was 18, at which point (September 1978) he went to The English College in Rome, ‘arriving two days before John Paul I died, so I was able to witness all the ceremonials of a Papal funeral, and then the election of John Paul II’. John was to spend eight years in Rome studying for the priesthood ‘and learning Italian – which was a must as lectures were in Italian.’ Having taken a course of further theological study in Rome, John went to English Martyrs, Reading, for three years before being appointed Secretary to Bishop Crispian (1989-92). Further studies followed (Ottawa: 2 years) with him gaining a Licentiate in Canon Law, after which he served for five years at St

In December the European Court of Human Rights found that there is no human right to abortion under the European Convention on Human Rights, but held that Ireland’s constitutional legal protection for the unborn violated the right to privacy of one of the three applicants. She was in remission from a rare form of cancer at the time she sought an abortion. She claimed that the pregnancy could lead to the cancer’s return and that her right to be told of the option of abortion had been violated.

Live Issues: Ireland: the safest place to have a baby

Dominica Roberts looks at some vital questions

Slippery Slope The decision blurs an important distinction. Direct killing of an unborn child is never permissible morally or under Irish law, though it always has been in English law. Perhaps this is why the slippery slope to abortion on demand has happened here. Genuine medical treatment needed to save the mother, which, as an unavoidable but unintended side effect, may sadly lead to the death of the child, has always been allowed. Sometimes the mother may heroically refuse treatment so as to save her baby, as Saint Gianna Beretta Molla did.

Francis de Sales (Wash Common), spent eighteen months in Paulsgrove and five years in Abingdon (2001-06) before returning to English Martyrs, Reading. Since 1990 John has also been a Chaplain with the Territorial Army: ‘Seven months with the Army in Kosovo (2001) convinced me that there is really something special we priests can offer – beyond our regular congregations’. Two subsequent tours to war-torn Iraq compounded that conviction. And, come the time this issue of PP goes to print, John will have left for Camp Bastion in Afghanistan for a 4-month tour as Hospital Chaplain to the military: ‘Not only do I feel, as I get older and have more pastoral experience, that there is something I can offer but also that there is much for me to learn when ministering to men and women in the Armed Forces.’

In other cases without treatment both will die and there is no chance of the baby surviving. In many cases, medical science can now protect a mother's health in a difficult pregnancy until the child is capable of surviving delivery. A direct abortion in a Catholic hospital in 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, on a woman with severe pulmonary hypertension was strongly criticised on medical as well as moral grounds.

Top in Safety An Irish commentator correctly stated that ‘There are no medical circumstances where a pregnant woman's life can only saved by abortion. The fact is, without abortion, Ireland is the safest country in which to be pregnant. Irish women receive the best medical care in the world. In the latest report from the United Nations on maternal mortality, Ireland came first in terms of safety for pregnant women.’ The Irish will continue to resist with determination any attempt via medical guidelines to use this decision to loosen the protection of the unborn in their country.

Dominica Roberts is a parishioner of St Joseph and St Margaret Clitherow in Bracknell, and active in several pro-life groups.




Quotable Quotes ‘Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have most live the longest’ Fr Larry Lorenzoni ‘Life is too short to learn German’ Richard Porson, British classical scholar (1759-1808) ‘At my age I do what Mark Twain did. I get my daily paper, look at the obituaries page and if I’m not there I carry on as usual’ Patrick Moore, British astronomer ‘At the back of every great fortune lies a great crime’ Honoré de Balzac ‘It is the busiest man who has time to spare’ Cyril Parkinson ‘Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable’ Samuel Johnson ‘My generation thought that fast food was something you ate during Lent’ Joan Collins ‘The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything’ Oscar Wilde ‘Cover toast with slabs of cheese. Grill until it all sets nice’ London Mayor Boris Johnson’s recipe for cheese on toast ‘Why the fuss over the Burmese elections? They said it was a general election – and the generals were elected’ Ray Rayner ‘I’m 59 and people call me middleaged. How many 118-year-old men do you know?’ Barry Cryer, British comedian ‘I don’t read Portsmouth People, I don’t live in Portsmouth’ Southampton parishioner

A Broader View Lawrence Fullick looks at the wider world he appointment of a new Apostolic Nuncio to Britain at the start of the year is a good time to look at the state of relations between the Holy See and Britain.


The former Nuncio, Archbishop Faustino Sainz, unfortunately suffered ill health bringing his time in London to an early end. However he was able to return to Britain for the Pope’s visit to the preparation of which he had contributed much. He made a farewell visit to the bishops of England and Wales at their meeting in Leeds and made an informal speech which was warmly received.

Europe. In the UN international development issues are an area of continuing potential cooperation between London and the Vatican. In European bodies the Church will be hoping for support in ending discrimination against its members, in Europe and in non-European countries where the EU has agreements.

The new Nuncio, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, comes to London after seven Britain has always felt as a country that it years in Moscow, in a country with has at least moral obligations to assist with potentially great problems for such an the well-being of former colonies. The appointment. There had been particular same principle has extended to countries difficulties in dealings with the Russian we have defeated in wars once Orthodox Church but relations improved so reconstruction has begun: I think of Germany after the that in 2009 President Medvedev could upgrade New Nuncio’s dealings with Second World War. Similar principles need the papal representation British government will be to a full nunciature. mainly on international issues to be applied in countries where we have Archbishop Mennini will have a busy time engaged in hostilities recently. In Iraq dealing with matters internal to the today there have been acts of violence and Catholic Church: there are nine present or other discrimination against Christians impending vacancies for diocesan bishops because of them practising their religion. including our own for which he will have to Yet the British government has considered draw up shortlists. Then there will be the it safe for rejected asylum seekers to be establishment by the bishops’ conference returned to Iraq. of the new ordinariate for groups of Anglicans converting to the Catholic Discrimination has not affected Christians Church, which will have an operational alone and this is one area where relationship with the Congregation of the maintaining good inter-faith relations is Doctrine for the Faith in Rome. Relations essential. with the Church of England are currently very good but continuing sensitivity is There are times when we are too selfcritical; Britain has long experience of needed. practising toleration between different The Nuncio’s dealings with the British varieties of Christians and people of other government will be mainly on international faiths or none. The resultant goodwill was issues. On some the role of Britain as a on display to visitors from Rome and the member of international organisations is rest of the world during the Papal visit. relevant – the UN, the EU or the Council of Lawrence Fullick, a parishioner in Bournemouth, is treasurer of the Wyndham Place Charlemagne Trust, a charity which promotes discussion of international issues among people of all faiths or none.



LETTERS SCHINDLER PRIZE THE ORDINARIATE n reservations may have questions and eve ics hol Cat of ber num a Whilst n with the Church to come into full communio g hin wis ans glic An se tho about e in this issue Colin Parkes writes elsewher at wh te, ria ina Ord the h throug ds at rest. should set hearts and min out, but the as to how it will all work ons sti que ate itim leg are There of the Anglican communion with the Church full for ire des and ity sincer rney of faith is come with them in this jou to h wis o wh se tho and clergy certainly beyond doubt. but our new found s new ground for us all ent res rep te ria ina Ord The made to feel at one erved to be welcomed and des s ter sis and rs the bro y are truly ‘coming home’. with us all. They feel that the Father who will not ’ appointed by the Holy ary din ‘Or an be l wil re The y for the day to day who will have responsibilit but hop bis a be ly ari ess nec hops’ Conference. This will be a member of our Bis he – te ria ina Ord the of life ic bishops and I will be se colleague of the Cathol clo a be l wil he t tha ans me our diocese. iness of the Ordinariate in bus the on him h wit g rkin wo icle. The laity and ups, as Colin says in his art gro ee thr e hav to m see We Easter and their ed into full communion at eiv rec be l wil s est pri ir the me later in the summer. priests will be ordained by rs and sisters in the ckly become valued brothe qui y ver l wil y the t tha e I hop e a warm welcome as parish communities will giv our t tha e sur am I and th fai they come among us.

We ask the help of readers of PP in choosing the 2011 recipient of the Schindler Prize. This is an annual prize of £500, named afte r Terri Sciavo's family, and with memories of Sch indler's List. It will be awarded to a doctor or nurs e or other person who provides the best acc ount in recognition of a colleague, who, in their opinion, has engaged in a battle to save a life that has been dismissed as valueless. The account should describe a situation where someon e attempted to save the life of a patient who was unable to speak for him or herself, was denied food and fluids, and was suffering from dan gerous neglect. What is important is that, whethe r the attempt was successful or not, it was sus tained, and revealed belief in the value of hum an life, and the duty of all - to do no harm. The acc ount will be anonymised appropriately before publication.See Plea se send submissions to info@schindlerprize or Schindler Prize Trust, PO Box 173 17, London SW3 4WJ (Tel. 020 7730 3059) as soon as possible. Mary Knowles (Dr) Tadley


CATHOLIC WO MEN OF THE YEAR 2011 Nominations are inv ited for the 2011 Ca tholic Women of the Year. Any Cath olic woman can be no minated: we are looking for the unsu ng heroines who care for the sick or marginalised, visit pr isoners, run errands in the parish, teach children the Faith, he lp those seeking to enter the Church, support priests and seminarians, raise fu nds for charity, or do any of the 101 th ings that bring the presence of Christ into the community and build up the Chur ch. All that is needed is a letter outlining th e reason for nomination, and giv ing details of the no mi nee's name and address or parish. Le tters should be sent to: Mrs Jan Woodford, Catholic Women of the Year, 22 Milton Rd WARE Hert SG12 0PZ or email: mijamajoje@nt and MUST arrive before March 31st 2011. Kathy Robinson an d Joanna Bogle Catholic Women of the Year Comm ittee



I’d really like to ask PP’s readers for some help we need for a ‘Big Pray’ to mark National Vocatio ns Sunday on Sun 15th May! We need as many communities as possible across the diocese to make a special effort around tha t time to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life; and also as an opportunity for each of us to ask the Lord again what ‘definite service’ (Blessed John Henry Newman) He has in mind for us? I’ll be making some resources available shortly but maybe people could start to think about how their community might be united in prayer? Exposition of the Ble sse d Sac ram ent ? Ros ary ? Taiz é? Mass? In church? In people’s hom es? The possibilities are (nearly!) endless … Fr Mark Hogan For those who’d like to walk and pray, maybe they could join me (Apr 30th – May 1st) for all or som e of a planned pilgrimage along the South Downs Way from Aru ndel to Winchester (100km) in under 30 hours as a prayer for voc ations as well as an opportunity to raise some money for charity ? Ideas, interest, thoughts all welcome at vocations@portsmout Fr Mark Hogan Diocesan Vocations Promoter

LETTERS Fr Jeremy Corley’s article in I feel I must take issue with wording of the proposed Vol 10-5 of PP. To me the s the theology. The present revised translation change shed for all, clearly means wording, Christ’s blood being all human beings. However, that the shedding was for word ‘many’. Now one needs the revised version uses the can have both an inclusive to be careful because ‘many’ people.’ (totals up all human meaning e.g. ‘there are many o be used selectively e.g. beings) - but ‘many’ can als ing only some people). To ‘many people are deaf’ (mean ‘for many’ implies a me it is clear that the phrase , not everybody’. Furthermore selection: ‘for many people king the phrase ‘for the by adding the word ‘the’ ma d back to being inclusive as many.’ the meaning is change exist.’ The new revision by in ‘for the many people that implies, by common usage in using ‘for you and for many’ ple, you and quite a lot of my view, ‘only for selected peo others’. paragraph, uses the phrase Fr Corley, in his penultimate which as I argue above ‘Jesus died to save the many’ that is what the new means to save everyone. If many’ - I would be happy, but translation said - ‘save the ive phrase. The latter may it doesn’t, it uses the select 2 Corinthians 5), but it fit the Gospels better (not we being asked to accept changes the theology. Are , blood for everyone? If we are that Jesus didn’t shed his t foo ge that and not pussy then we need to acknowled revision needs sorting. around. If we aren’t then the ’t we add ‘the’ without I’m no Latin scholar, but can anyone noticing? Anthony Kirke Milford-on-Sea

CENSUS 2011 v. PRIVACY & DEMOCRACY I am a regular reader of PP and was very surprised by the inclusio n (un der Calend ar Vol 10 -6) of a strong encourage men t for all Catholics to register their religion during the 2011 Census. Certainly, I feel that some leve l of warning also be published in Portsmouth People on giving away any personal data to the undemocratic Census. The assump tion that religious data can be demanded by the current govern ment - along with educational and career details - has been made with out any reference to those whose personal data it is and, to my min d, amply reflects the wholly secular society our politicians insist is the single way in which British society must develop. I could not disagre e more! At no time have the voters of The United Kingdom been asked to express their views on, or give per mission for, a mandate to expand the Census beyond the simplest and most basic data collection on name, address, age and gender of any private, British citizen. The most recent Census in 2001 dem onstrated a severe assault on personal privacy and it appears tha t the 2011 Census will be just as bad. Edward R. Jewell Liss

[Readers are reminded that completion of the Census in part or full is not mandatory. The copy alongside Calendar in our former issue is from the Office of National Statistics, HMG’s invitation and encouragement to all people of faith to register their religion. Ed.]


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NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS GATHERING OF THE CLAN: Shortly before Christmas, most of PP’s production team managed to gather, despite the inclement weather, at the Cathedral for the annual pow-wow. This photograph was taken when some of the Curia based at St Edmund’s House dropped by to meet ‘n’ greet. Youngsters and Leaders enjoyed yet another Don Bosco Camp at Kintbury and look forward to Camp 2011 (July 31st-August 6th). For further details: Fr Mark Hogan or Fr Michael Peters

OFF TO SPAIN? The FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) has produced a handy leaflet and a wallet card with emergency expressions and contact numbers for visitors to Spain. Ideal for those attending World Youth Day later this year in Madrid, the card and wallet are downloadable from among the online supplements to this issue of PP. DEVELOPING SKILLS FOR LEADERSHIP SEPTEMBER 2006 – JUNE 2008: GOING FORTH AND BEARING FRUIT: Did you take part in one of the five ‘Developing Skills for Leadership’ courses run by the Department for Pastoral Formation between September 2006 and June 2008 in Chandlers Ford, Tilehurst, Bournemouth, Reading and Lee-on-the Solent? If so, you are cordially invited to a half-day conference on Saturday 19th March at St Stephen's Church, Oliver's Battery Road North, Winchester 10-1.00 (coffee available from 9.30). Cost £2.00 on the day. For any further information contact using the heading ‘Going Forth and Bearing Fruit’. DOMESTIC ABUSE: a new web resource for Catholics Experiencing Domestic Abuse has been launched by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales Domestic Abuse Working Group: and


The Chaplaincy Department of the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is running this popular course again after Easter. It is for those who want to develop skills for visiting the sick, or people with other pastoral needs, in the community or in hospital. It will be open to people of all faiths. Anyone who wants to do the course will need backing from their local faith leader, who will also be involved in providing some practical experience as part of the course. For those wanting to become hospital chaplaincy visitors the course forms part of their training.

L to R: Dominica Roberts (Columnist); Graham Palethorpe (Curia); Hilary Foley (Curia); Fr Denis Blackledge (Columnist) wearing Lawrence’s hat; Soraya Ciccarone (Curia); Jane Green (Curia); Jill Lovell (Curia); Colin Parkes (Columnist); Lawrence Fullick (Columnist) anxious about his hat; Lee Kender (Design and Print); Austin Crowhurst (Design and Print); Richenda Power (Contributor) with Jay K-W (Ed.) holding the camera.

A 2ND CLASS STAMP! That’s the cost, publication and distribution, of your copy of Portsmouth People. If you think that’s a bargain, maybe increase your church offering by £2 a year to cover the year’s 6 copies. But if you don’t think this mag’s worth even a 2nd class stamp, then the Editor needs to know!

The course will consist of 11 weekly two hour evening sessions with an additional 3 weeks practical experience. The cost of the course is £60. For more details and application form please contact the Chaplaincy Department on 02392 286408, or email

CHAPLAINCY - caring for patients, relatives and staff - here for people of all faiths and none -

NEWS IN BRIEF (STOP PRESS) • His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to the Court of St James His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Mennini, Titular Archbishop of Ferento • Why Does Easter Matter? is a unique Lent Course for families and church groups: • As we go to press, we regret to announce the death of Fr Peter Sprague Kenneth William Stevenson, the eighth Church of England Bishop of Portsmouth. JUST FOR JUNIORS

Turn this page upside down to read the solutions and answers to this issue's JfJ section. 1: If you made it 5,000 you are among many who are wrong. The correct answer is 4,100. 2: Testament, Mitre, Organ, Singer, Cantor. 3: In the story Pinocchio’s nose got longer and longer whenever he was under stress, especially when telling a lie. The name Pinocchio in Italian means ‘Pine Eye’. 4: Easter Egg. 5: ALMOST is the longest word in the English language with all its letters in alphabetical order. 6: Cross missing on central spire; Birds flying; Top of right spire missing; Hatch to the left of the stairway blackened; One pillar missing in the turret above the clock; Central design half-way up stairs missing; Pillar to the right of the stairs no longer there; Clock lost its hour hand; One of the second tier of main columns has lost its capital; A brick to the right of the stairway is blackened.

NEW TO YOUR PARISH? Catholics new to a Parish are warmly invited to introduce themselves to the Parish Priest or by dropping a note into the Parish Office (name, address, telephone number, e-mail etc.). If there is any area in which you would like to become involved in the life of the Church, please don’t hesitate to say.

When I was Sick ….. Pastoral training for community and hospital visitors April – July 2011 at Queen Alexandra Hospital


Twentysomethings in Bethlehem Project 2030 Lay Chaplain, Jenny Whelan, shares her visits to Bethlehem For the past 4 years I have had the great privilege of spending Christmas in Bethlehem with groups of twentysomething Catholics. The Holy land at this time of year is very different to England - there’s not a Christmas decoration in sight at the airport or in Jerusalem and Christmas is just an ordinary working day to the majority of Jews or Muslims living in this part of the world.

Bethlehem - Bands and Bagpipes Things begin to change however when you reach Bethlehem, an hour’s walk or 10 min. drive from Jerusalem. Star-shaped lights lead the way along Bethlehem Road and on 24 December the celebrations begin. The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Fwal, processes from Jerusalem and is welcomed by the Latin Parish priest of Bethlehem. Bands, bagpipes and scouts add to the festive spirit reverberating across the city reminding us that Christ is coming. The Franciscans then meet the Patriarch and welcome him into the Church of the Nativity, the oldest church in Christendom and the location of the birthplace of Jesus Christ. We grab a falafel, the local dish and watch as the parades unfold.

About a mile from the Church of the Nativity lies Shepherds field, the location of the institution of the Gloria. In a cave we sing our hearts out with tears in our eyes as we are sat where shepherds watched their flocks by night and glory shone around. Masses are celebrated in every language throughout the night and carols fill the skies.

Queues for Midnight Mass Back in Manger Square, queues outside the church begin to form. To obtain midnight mass tickets you have to apply to the Christian Information Centre a month before the pilgrimage. These, being free, help control numbers entering the church. After returning from Shepherds field we queue up, have a full body check and then enter. Finding a comfy spot is quite difficult as it is standing room only. The Franciscans hand out the mass booklets and occasionally a gift to worshippers. The atmosphere in the church has in the past been quite tense. Last year, more practising Catholics attended so prayer and praise fill the church rather than tourists trying to catch a glimpse of Mahmoud Abbas or other dignitaries. We join the

Accompanying photographs show Patriarch of Jerusalem processing with Baby Jesus to the manger; Manger square on Christmas eve; Shepherds Field, Bethlehem; Franciscans processing into the Church of the Nativity on Christmas eve; Eating Falafels in Manger Square, Bethlehem; The Birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem

millions of Catholics throughout the world in the sacred liturgy welcoming the newborn child. The homily is read in three languages, so that all can understand the Patriarch’s message for the coming year. The service ends with the Patriarch processing through the church to the manger with a statue of the new born Jesus. Worshippers try to touch the baby as it passes by. We stay for a while and then go and visit the birthplace ourselves. At about 3 a.m. we then return to our hotel to open the secret santa presents that we have bought each other. Christmas day itself is very busy as staging is being packed away and queues for the manger are over 3 hours long. It is time to say goodbye to the little town of Bethlehem hoping that all will lie still over the following year.

Twentysomethings is a national organisation which has just launched a new group in our diocese. Project 2030 twentysomethings engages Catholics aged 20-30 in retreats, socials, trips, holidays and pilgrimages. It is free to join, run by the members for the members and is sponsored by the Sacred Heart Fathers (Dehonians). Future trips being organised include: Taizé international gathering in December; Skiing in Feb 2011; the Holy Land at Easter and at Christmas(2011); World Youth Day. Further details: or t: 07590057813 and/or contact the active group of members on facebook.




FAITH IN ACTION Health and Social Care in Bamenda Jo Overton reports on plans for putting her best foot forward In January last year I was fortunate to visit our twinned Archdiocese in Bamenda. As a member of our Diocesan Bamenda Committee and a secretary of Clinicare (a Hampshirebased charity which sends medical supplies to Bamenda), it was a great opportunity to renew old friendships and make new ones which will enable our twinned relationship to extend and deepen. It was also a chance to increase our understanding of the health and social needs there and discuss how we might best offer support.

Our Links The Bamenda Social Welfare Commission has recently been set up by the Catholic Diocese in Bamenda who have an annual collection to support those in most need in their parishes. One amazing lady, Sr Benedicta, has the responsibility for overall co-ordination of this work. She travels around the area alone and without a vehicle of her own seeking out and helping people with disabilities, street children, families affected by crisis, asylum seekers or those at risk of human trafficking. She has few resources with which to do this huge job and so is setting Sr Benedicta Muffah up a charity to enable those in need to help



themselves. This will aim to support people to get back on their feet and for example to train in a trade which will make them self-sufficient. Within the Catholic Archdiocese of Bamenda (NW Province Cameroon) there are 23 health institutions: 21 health centres and 2 hospitals. The present Healthcare Co-ordinator is Sr Sr Sheila McElroy Sheila McElroy of the Holy Rosary Sisters. During our visit we were able to speak with her and see for ourselves some of the centres and the challenges they face.

FEATURE Since 1979 Clinicare (started by the Knights of St Columba) has sent medical supplies to Cameroon. However when EU legislation on the management of waste came in, it had to reinvent itself as it could no longer handle unwanted (but in date and perfectly good) medical supplies without a prohibitively expensive waste licence. So, funds that were previously only required for postage of recycled medicines are now required to purchase as well as post the much needed supplies. These medicines allow healthcare staff greater flexibility in treating people who cannot otherwise afford medical treatment.

Walk for Wellbeing In the forthcoming dry season, I shall be trekking between the newly developing rural health centres in Bamenda seeing first-hand the health and social challenges that people face in the area. The aim is: 1. To raise awareness of and funds for 2 charities, one which assists with medical supplies to Cameroon (Clinicare) and the other, the new Bamenda Self-Reliance Services charity aiming to enable people to develop their own lives. 2. To return to Cameroon to be with the people, and share our lives in the true spirit of our dioceses’ twinned relationship. 3. To experience the local situation and needs, to inform our work on the twinned Diocesan projects. 4. To trek in a beautiful place!

Women and children’s ward at Bekow health centre - No mains electricity, torn mattresses and insufficient mosquito nets for the 5 beds

The delivery room at Wum health centre - This ‘incubator’ is a wooden box and a hot water bottle since the thermostat broke

Fares and all other expenses will be paid by the 4 of us who are participating. All proceeds from sponsorship will go directly to the 2 charities. The members of the selfreliant charity will act as guides to support us along the way and may even seek sponsorship for themselves locally (something which is much less common in Cameroon). The health centre compounds/mission stations will provide a secure base in which to stay at night.

Your Help Please! Here is your chance to help the health and social well-being of our friends in Bamenda. You can contribute to these projects by sponsoring the trek. This will be no easy ride believe me! Trekking in the (hot) dry season through the hilly terrain of Bamenda and staying in basic accommodation along the way! You can donate by going to the Just Giving website (, sending a cheque or cash to Clinicare International (all proceeds will be divided) c/o 117 Wilton Road Upper Shirley, Southampton, SO15 5JQ or contacting me on:

Dispensary at Babanki Tungo health centre – Notice the bare shelves!

Closer liaison with Sr Sheila has helped us to understand how best to use the limited resources that Clinicare has to offer

Jo Overton, who works as a mental health nurse, is a member of the Bamenda and Cinicare committees and parishioner at St Colman with St Paul’s, Cosham. Jo’s report on her visit in January 2010 is posted as an online supplement to this issue.




Just for Juniors

2. JUMBLIES See if you can re-arrange the letters in each of the following 5 words to make other words, one in each case, directly associated with the Church:


‘I hope there will be some future saints among you’ Pope Benedict XVI

1. ARITHMETIC GONE MENTAL Becky likes baffling people: ‘Take 1000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1000 and now add 30. Add another 1000. Now add 20. Now add another 1000. Now add 10. What do you get?’

4. WORD SEARCH Let’s see if you can rearrange the letters in the word SEGREGATE to make two new words, something a lot of people like to sink their teeth into a little later on in the year.

5. DO YOU KNOW? What so odd about the word ALMOST, apart from not quite being whatever? Vikki let’s us in on her targets for the year: ‘What’s easy to make and difficult to keep, especially for the likes of me? Yes, you’ve guessed it: New Year’s Resolutions! But this year, along with a bunch of friends, I’m determined to get physically fitter and to study more. Mens sana in corpore sano, that’s my target. Wish me luck!’

3. NOSEY! Pinocchio is a fictional character, traditionally wearing clothes of flowered paper and a hat made of bread. He was fashioned out of wood by Geppetto, a woodcarver-cumpuppeteer, in a story written in 1881 by Carlo Collodi of Italy. Pinocchio always dreamt of becoming a real boy. Do you know what used to happen to Pinocchio’s nose and when? And do you know what the word ‘Pinocchio’ means in Italian?

6. SPOT THE DIFFERENCES The second of these pen-and-ink drawings of St Paul’s Cathedral in London differs from the first in 10 ways. See if you can spot all 10 differences. Not easy!

Portsmouth People is looking for more junior correspondents. If you have a joke, story, prayer, photograph, report or comment to add to the JfJ page or anywhere else in PP, then great! Just ask an adult member of your family or your teacher (with parental consent) to send it to the Editor stating your name, age and parish.

You’ll find the answers in News and Announcements 24 PORTSMOUTH PEOPLE


BOOKMARK Fr Denis Blackledge SJ selects more good reads

Just a click away… We continue with our compendium of worthy websites:

The People’s Bible: The Remarkable History of the King James Version – Derek Wilson [Lion, hardback, 224pp, 2010, £14.99] This year, 2011, celebrates the fourth centenary of the King James Version of the Bible. The KJV, or Authorised version as it is often known, has, as the title suggests, a truly remarkable history, and author Derek Wilson, popular historian, provides the reader with ten chapters, giving a clear exposition of that history, from the beginning up to the present day. Amazingly, England was the only European kingdom to ban translation of the Bible into the vernacular. The Latin Vulgate had to be enough! There had been no officially approved Bible in English for 1200 years. Not only that, but the leaders of the English Church made it a criminal offence to translate any scripture passage into English – the penalty was death by burning, as Tyndale sadly found out! We’re taken through the rough and tumble from John Wycliffe, the Lollards, Erasmus, and William Tyndale. We’re led via Coverdale’s Bible and Cromwell’s Great Bible through the tangled web of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I – to whom the Geneva Bible was dedicated. We go by way of the Bishops’ Bible and the DouaiRheims Bible, until we reach a time when the Bible no longer had the glamour of a controversial book.

So we come at last to Bishop Richard Bancroft and his 54 scholars, two teams each from Westminster, Oxford and Cambridge, who undertake the translation and produce the KJV. King James, by the way, had no hand in it, except to command it to be written and to encourage its completion. At the time the King’s Bible was received with ‘thundering apathy’, but after some fifty years it was supreme.

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Many would argue that its supremacy lies in its ‘sound’ - many of its phrases are still now part and parcel of our language. But the KJV is much more than a masterpiece of English literature. At its heart is a searching faith and a mutual dialogue between God and ourselves. And that quest goes on. I leave Diarmaid MacCulloch to do the sales pitch. In his Foreword he writes: ‘Derek Wilson explains how this great cultural monument of seventeenth-century England took shape, and how its majestic official prose has sustained Christians across the world in very different circumstances over four centuries. The reader should enjoy the zest with which he tells the tale.’ - for direction and advice on vocations (URLs are generally not case sensitive. Title/Upper casing is to improve readability. Submissions for ‘JACA’ warmly invited. Ed.)

New Zealand Connections With this issue of Portsmouth People we offer a ‘community communications checklist’ for New Zealand nationals and for others in our diocese with Internet access who are interested in New Zealand:

BEYOND CRUCIFIXION: Meditations on Surviving Sexual Abuse - Beth Crisp [DLT, pbk, 116 pp, £10.99] This Lent book is not for the faint-hearted, written as it is by a survivor of child sexual abuse. As the author says in her Introduction: ‘This book is the result of a journey over many years which began with a challenge one Ash Wednesday to move out of some long-ingrained patterns of being and thinking which were doing me no favours. Although coming to terms with sexual abuse and how to relate to God in the aftermath underpins most of the readings and reflections, many of the issues tackled here might equally apply to a wide range of difficult situations in which individuals find themselves.’ There are 47 daily sections, from Ash Wednesday through to Easter Sunday, usually a couple of pages long, beginning

with a short quote from an experienced author, then a scripture reading, followed by the author’s pondering and prayer. Beth Crisp is a survivor, a resurrection individual, but her honest and disturbing reflections help the reader to understand the deeply devastating effects of such trauma as she has suffered. Only by accepting such vulnerability can there be deep healing from a loving God. Without the full-felt passion there is no resurrection. Each of us as a human being has to come to terms with times of rejection, humiliation or fear of what has happened in the past: in the end we can opt for despair or hope, and the choice is ours to make. Each of us may well have to face ‘patterns of being or thinking which are doing us no favours’. This Lenten journey is like no other I’ve been through, and I encourage you, dare you, to let Beth take you by the hand and make it with her.

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(Similar 'Community Connections' compilations are welcome for other nationalities. Ed.)




CAFOD Media Volunteer Luxmy Gopalakrishnan reflects on CAFOD’s invitation to give something up and transform lives this Lent.


Now imagine saying ‘No’ when a gun is being pointed at you. Imagine that the gun belongs to a guerrilla soldier, and the consequence of saying ‘No’ is fleeing from your home, your belongings and the life you knew. This is what Amparo, a mother from Columbia, had the courage to do. Amparo used to live on a beautiful island on a river in the north of Colombia. Her family didn’t have much, but they were happy. ‘It was a peaceful and natural life,’ she says. ‘We had land to farm, crops to grow. I used to fish for our dinner and we had vegetables and fruit to eat.’ When guerrilla solders tried to recruit her son, she stood up to them and said ‘No’. Moments later, she was staring down the barrel of a gun. She and her family ran for their lives, leaving behind everything. ‘We took nothing,’ she says, ‘just the clothes we were standing up in.’

It’s hard to say ‘No’ when you’re staring down the barrel of a gun The family fled to a town where they tried to put their life back together. They built a corrugated iron shelter and Amparo’s children attended school. Amparo eked out a living washing clothes but barely earned enough to feed her children. She often went to bed hungry, exhausted and depressed. At her moment of need, Amparo was discovered by CAFOD’s partner, Pastoral Social, who provided her with counselling and food packages. Life improved further when CAFOD’s partner helped Amparo to learn the practical and business skills she needed to open a metal furniture workshop, together with six colleagues. It is still early days for the business, but a regular wage means big changes.


‘The business project is a great opportunity – the best I’ve had in my life,’ she says. ‘Now we have food to eat and regular money to buy clothes and shoes. Best of all, I rely on myself – I can provide what my family needs.’ Today, Amparo, also pictured here with her daughter and at work, is one of four million Colombians starting again after being made homeless by conflict. She still has a long road ahead, but the courageous mother is determined to work hard for a better future for her children, and she values the difference CAFOD donations have made: ‘Thank you for all you have done – I can assure you it is a lot! I am so pleased with my job; it’s given me and my children happy faces.’ Amparo’s message ends with a simple request: ‘Please continue to find it in your hearts to help other people who are experiencing tough times.’ I feel that you and I would be excused, on this occasion, for not being able to say ‘No’. So, this Lent Fast Day (18 March 2011), please help others transform their lives by giving, praying and taking action. Lent is a time for transformation: a time to look at our own lives and make changes which bring us closer to God. By giving to, acting with and praying for CAFOD and those we work with, the changes we make in our own lives could echo around the world, transforming the lives of people living in poverty. For more information contact CAFOD Portsmouth 012 5232 9385 or or visit our website

Background image by M & G, M and G Obscura ©

t’s hard saying ‘No’. Whether from peer pressure, guilt or force of habit, we have all at some point had difficulty uttering that monosyllable. Despite your New Year’s resolution to visit the gym three times a week, you struggled to say a firm ‘No’ to being a couch potato in the chilly second half of January. While the intention is to give up biscuits for Lent, you know it’ll be a mission to say ‘No’ when the tin of chocolate digestives is passed around at work.


Hints & Wrinkles

Pathway to Priesthood

Every journey towards priesthood is unique but the following might give some insight into the shape a typical route might take: Living out my baptismal vocation -

Testing my Vocation to the Diocesan I know God loves me and has called me by name. I know God Priesthood (formal application) wants me to live out my life in response to that call to holiness and my baptism into God’s ‘chosen race, royal priesthood, holy nation’. (1 Pet 2:9)

Discerning my particular vocation I want to discern what definite service God has planned for me. I pray, asking the Lord what He has in mind for me and I speak to friends and/or family and/or other trusted people.

Testing my Vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood (initial conversations) I want to ask the Church to help me discern my vocation so I speak to my parish priest or the diocesan vocations promoter who will try to support me in this process. He might put me in touch with a spiritual director and point me in the direction of resources and gatherings to give me opportunity to explore my vocation further.

I’m ready to offer myself to the Church as a priest so, if the vocation director agrees that I am ready, I begin the formal application. This includes writing about my faith journey; a psychological assessment, undergoing safeguarding checks; a selection weekend with interviews looking at my relationship with God and others as well as my academic ability (to check I will be able to cope with the studies). There will also be an interview with the Bishop, who is responsible for the final decision.

Beginning my formation If the Bishop accepts me I will begin my studies for the diocesan priesthood, which are likely to last 6 years (possibly less for mature students) at a seminary and there may also be an additional preparatory year in Spain. This time will give me and the diocese further opportunities to discern my vocation and for me to undergo formation in the following areas: spiritual, human, pastoral and academic. As with each of these stages I will be offered support in lots of different ways and will need to take increasing responsibility for my own formation.

Eligible men enquiring into priesthood as a vocation are asked to contact their Parish Priest.

CHAPLAINCY - caring for patients, relatives and staff - here for people of all faiths and none Can YOU help at QAH? We are always looking for more volunteers to share in the work of the Chaplaincy at Queen Alexandra Hospital, by visiting patients on the wards, and showing God’s care and compassion to any people who find themselves in hospital. If you have a caring heart and some time you can give during weekday working hours, then we would love to hear from you. If Sunday mornings are a better time to help then we also need people to assist patients in attending Chapel and to care for them during the service. For more details please contact The Chaplaincy Department on 02392 286408, or email

Catering for catholic tastes … PP brings the world’s cuisine to your table

Catalan Chicken and Pepper Stew Heat two tablespoons of oil in a large pan; brown four chicken quarters cut in half; take them out and cook a chopped onion gently in the oil for five minutes. Add three red peppers (ordinary pimentos, not hot chili) deseeded and cut into strips, two peeled sliced cloves of garlic, about 8 oz tinned tomatoes, 1/4 teaspoon sugar, one inch of cinnamon stick (or a good pinch of ground cinnamon) and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Simmer gently for about 40 minutes until cooked. Before serving, taste to see if it needs more salt, and remove the cinnamon stick. This dish can be cooked ahead and re-heated gently.





by Father Jeremy Corley

Nowadays it is sad to see some people turning away from the Church. Yet it is sometimes said that Christianity hasn’t been tried and failed - it has never properly been tried. Perhaps we could say that Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount has never really been tried. The Sunday readings between 30 January and 6 March give us extracts from this great charter for Christian life. This is the first of five major teaching blocks in Matthew’s Gospel. Just as the Old Testament has five books associated with Moses, so Matthew’s Gospel presents five sermons given by Jesus, the new Moses. As the Book of Genesis describes God’s call to the first members of the people of Israel, so the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) teaches God’s call to the first followers of Christ. The Exodus sermon is the mission sermon (Matthew 10), spoken to those apostles going out to preach God’s kingdom. The Leviticus sermon (Matthew 13) is concerned with the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, here presented in parables. Just as the Book of Numbers tells of the Israelites journeying through the desert, so the fourth sermon (Matthew 18) deals with the church on its way to God’s kingdom. Finally, the Deuteronomy sermon (Matthew 24-25) prepares the new Israel for entering into the promised land of heaven. The Sermon on the Mount begins with Jesus climbing a mountain to give his teaching, like Moses ascending Mount Sinai. But instead of repeating the Ten Commandments, full of prohibitions, what Jesus offers is eight positive beatitudes: ‘Happy are the poor in spirit, the gentle, the mourners, the justice-workers, the merciful, the pure-hearted, the peacemakers, and the persecuted.’ Jesus promises a reward for those struggling to bring God’s kingdom to others. Among his first hearers, it is the meek who will inherit the land

like the pagans, worrying about food and drink and clothing, we can trust our heavenly Father to provide what is needed. If we seek to bring about God’s kingdom of justice and goodness, everything we need will be given to us. In a time of economic hardship, this message can offer us hopeful reassurance.

Woodcut Gustav Doré (1832-1883): The Sermon on the Mount

(Psalm 37:11), not the Zealot fighters seeking to defeat the Romans. By living humbly and peaceably for God’s kingdom, Christ’s disciples will be like a light for the world. Just as Jerusalem was meant to be a city set on a hilltop, a beacon of light for every nation (Isaiah 2:2-5), so Jesus’ followers are now called to be. Thereafter Jesus deepens the teachings of Moses. It is not enough for us to avoid killing; we are also to avoid anger. It is not sufficient for us to avoid adultery; we are also to avoid lustful thoughts. It is not good enough for us to swear truthfully; we are called to avoid any swearing of oaths. Instead of revenge, we are called to respond with kindness and forbearance. Our love is not just to be restricted to those closest to us, but to reach out even to enemies. Such difficult teaching inspired great figures like Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi. It can also be a challenge for us today. If such teaching offers us a challenge, there is reassurance in what follows. Instead of being

The end of the Sermon on the Mount offers us a choice. In the Book of Deuteronomy (Deut 11:26-28 and 30:15-18), Moses gives his people a choice: ‘See, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: a blessing if you obey God’s commandments, or a curse if you disobey.’ Likewise, Jesus offers us a choice. If we obey his words, we will be like a wise person building a house on solid rock. But if we disobey, we will be like someone building a house on sand, liable to subsidence and flooding. Pope Benedict’s recent apostolic exhortation on the use of Scripture (Verbum Domini) reminds us: ‘Possessions, pleasure and power show themselves sooner or later to be incapable of fulfilling the deepest yearnings of the human heart. In building our lives, we need solid foundations, which will endure when human certainties fail. … Whoever builds on the Lord’s word, builds the house of his or her life on rock’ (paragraph 10). And so the Sermon on the Mount presents to us the challenge of living Christian life today. This may not always be easy, but Jesus promises us the reward of the kingdom of heaven. Let it not be said of us that Christianity has never properly been tried in our lives. Instead, let us seek God’s kingdom and his righteousness, trusting that everything we need will be given to us. For Pope Benedict’s recent document Verbum Domini see: www. For recent articles on scriptural topics see the Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain website: www.

A native of Reading, Fr Jeremy Corley has been teaching Scripture at Ushaw College in Durham since 1998. He edited a collection of articles, New Perspectives on the Nativity (T&T Clark, 2009). Portsmouth People is the diocesan publication for the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth. It is distributed free of charge to parishes and other groups in the Diocese which covers Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, the Channel Isles and parts of Berkshire, Dorset and Oxfordshire. The Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust is a registered charity (number 246871) with its address at Diocesan Office, St Edmund House, Edinburgh Road, Portsmouth PO1 3QA Editor: Dr Jeremy L Kettle-Williams Department for Pastoral Formation Park, Place Pastoral Centre, Winchester Road, WICKHAM, Hampshire PO17 5HA t: +44(0)23 9283 3121 f: +44(0)23 9287 2172


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