St. Joseph's and St. Edmund's Southampton

THIS WEEK (9th December 2018)

Thoughts for the week:



  1. Why does Luke name the historical references in the beginning of this Gospel reading? Does it help you to locate John the Baptist in history books?
  2. God gives Jerusalem the name, ‘Peace through integrity….’ (1st reading).  How does the Church fit or live out this name?  How does the Parish? 
  3. How do you?Paul is quite certain that ‘the One who began this good work in you will see that it is finished……….’ (2nd reading).  Do you ‘allow’ God to finish it?  Do you get in the way?  How?  Why?                                 Vincent Harvey



Parish Theme: 'Disciples..........'...........watch this space

TODAY...............9th December

Welcome to Bishop Philip for his Pastoral Visit.  The Bishop’s aim is to see what the Parish is doing; its aims and objectives; its response to the needs in the City; its ‘outreach’; and how it ‘feeds’ us week in and week out.  It is also an opportunity for him to talk about his ‘vision’ for the Church of Portsmouth.  See elsewhere for details of the visit.


Holy Hour for Vocations

St Edmund Church:          Sunday, 9th December at 4pm.  Come along to pray for vocations in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament: song, prayer, silence…………and Benediction.


Advent Penitential Service

St Edmund on Tuesday, 18th December, at 7.30pm.  As we reflect upon ‘Mary, carrier of the Word’ so we consider how we nourish God’s Word in our lives and, like Mary, ‘carry’ God’s Word into the world.  There will be seven priests to celebrate the ‘Sacrament of Reconciliation’ if you wish to avail yourself of the Sacrament in preparation for the celebration of the ‘Incarnation’, the ‘Word made Flesh’, the ‘birth’ of Christ into our lives and the life of the world.


Pope Francis’ Intention for December: Evangelisation: In the Service of the Transmission of the Faith     The people who are involved in the service and transmission of faith may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time


A PARISH MISSION IN 2019…………update……… A team of ten parishioners and clergy met last Wednesday to discuss the mission from Ascension to Pentecost 2019 (30th May – 9th June) around the theme of ‘Discipleship’: To Encounter, To Follow, To Abide and to Evangelise. A team is being set up to plan the Mission/Retreat so that as a Parish we can deepen our faith and recommit ourselves to our discipleship.    2019 is also Father Vincent’s 40th Anniversary of Ordination: a reason, if one needs it, to celebrate and deepen that discipleship we all are called to.

A Mission Song dedicated to Father Vincent and the Parish has been composed by Mr Paul Inwood.... ............watch this space!!

All parish groups will be invited to prepare the Parish for the mission, and to be active during it and beyond it…………..The Mission Prayer has been distributed to all groups to pray whenever they gather.


Sick and in Hospital?

If a family member is going into the General Hospital please let your local priest know (in case they require ‘Anointing’ before being admitted); also inform the Hospital Chaplaincy requesting a visit by the Team and, if appropriate, Holy Communion (or to arrange to attend the afternoon Mass in the Hospital)








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