Our Lady and the Visionaries of Knock

Do you know what happened on 21st August 1879 in a little village in Co. Mayo, Ireland, called Knock?

How did an English Tudor king play a vital role in the build up to this globally significant event?

Come along to a free, exciting showing of a new film ‘Our Lady and the Visionaries of Knock’ in the Barn, English Martyrs Church, on Thursday 18th October at 7.30pm. Catholic movie trailers, free refreshments, DVDs and music for sale as well. All welcome.

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Kerala Fund Raising Curry

KERALA FUND RAISING CURRY AND ENTERTAINMENT EVENING for all parishioners (not just Indians!), at St Michael’s Hall, Hayling Rise, BN13 3AL, on Saturday 20th October, 7.00pm. Indian dancing, flute music from the PP, delicious food, great company. All welcome. Let’s raise plenty of funds to send to flood-stricken Kerala, home to so many of our parishioners’ families and friends. Tickets £5 each; after all Masses.

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The Big Encounter 2018 Festival for 16-35s

Our annual festival for 16-35-year olds is happening at Worth Abbey (Performing Arts Centre) on Saturday November 10th at 6.30pm. It’s open to anybody in that age group, and we’ve got an amazing line-up. The Youth 2000 Worship Band will be leading the music, and Bryony Wells will be our keynote speaker. Bishop Richard will also be with us. This is the second annual BIG ENCOUNTER, and we’re expecting a few hundred people, so spread the word. Entry is free, and you don’t need to book. For more info: Jack.Regan@dabnet.org

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First Holy Communion 2019 Enrolment

There will be an information and enrolment evening for parents who, in June 2019, wish their children to receive Holy Communion for the first time.
This meeting is on Monday 24th September, 8.00pm – 9.00pm, in St Mary’s School Hall (entrance through playground in Amelia Road). Children should be 7 years old by 31st January 2019.
We are continuing the new-style diocesan programme, so it is most important that parents attend this meeting. The first session of the programme is on Saturday 29th September, 1.30pm – 3.15pm at St Mary’s School and the Enrolment Mass is at 10.30am on Sunday 30th September.
A copy of your child’s Baptism Certificate will be needed for this Mass, please.
Questions? Please speak to Mary Murphy. It goes without saying that you and your children need to be regularly attending Mass to prepare well to celebrate First Holy Communion (and to continue attending Mass afterwards!).

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KSC Race Night

Race NightThe next Knights of St Columba Race night will be held on 13th October at Durrington Community Centre, near Tesco’s, at 7.30pm.    Funds will be raised for Disaster Relief and KSC Charities.  Tickets priced at £8.00 include a Fish & Chip supper.  See poster on notice board for further information.  Hope to see you there.

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The Word Who is Life – Towards 2030

Update on the Word Who Is Life – see Word Who Is Life page linking all relevant content.

The meeting, last week, of the diocesan priests with the bishop, was a positive and hopeful occasion.  Changes at diocesan level concerning lay officers and appointments are to take place and a few parishes will move deaneries (creating 12, rather than 13, deaneries; but this doesn’t affect us).  In the next 7 years, as priests retire and die, the sharing-out of priests and parishes will gradually moderate and change, so that by 2030 a new look will be in place.  What this actually means for us, here, Bishop Richard will explain at the meeting on Thursday 8th November, Chatsmore School, at 7.00pm – to which I hope lots of you will come.  If you have questions, do ask – but, at this stage, I may not yet be able to answer them!

See this link for the bishop’s thoughts:  www.dabnet.org/news/view/33

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