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The Holy Spirit, when we invite Him into our wounds, anoints our painful memories with the balm of hope, because the Spirit restores hope.

#Prayer liberates us from our instinct toward violence. It is a gaze directed toward God, so that He might take care of the human heart. #GeneralAudience

The Holy Spirit transforms us into a Church-womb of mercy, that is, into a “mother with a heart open” to all.

Jesus bore our humanity and brought it beyond death to a new place, to Heaven, so that there where He is, we might also be.

Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Saint John Paul II’s Encyclical Letter Ut Unum Sint. On this anniversary, I give thanks to the Lord for the journey he has allowed us to travel as Christians in quest of full communion. vatican.va/content/john-p…

God of love, show us our place in this world as channels of your love for all the creatures of this earth, for not one of them is forgotten in your sight. Praise be to you! #LaudatoSi5

Let us entrust to Mary Help of Christians all in this difficult time who work for peace, for dialogue between nations, for service to the poor, for the care of creation, and for the victory of humanity over every disease of body, heart and soul.

我們把在中國的弟兄姊妹託付於我們天上的母親引領及庇佑,願他們信德堅毅,鞏固友愛團結,喜樂地見證並促進愛德與望德。

我们把在中国的弟兄姊妹託付于我们天上的母亲引领及庇佑,愿他们信德坚毅,巩固友爱团结,喜乐地见证并促进爱德与望德。

Let us entrust our brother and sister Catholics in China to the guidance and protection of our Heavenly Mother, so that they might be strong in faith and steadfast in fraternal union, joyful witnesses, and promoters of charity and hope.

The Feast of the #Ascension tells us that Jesus ascended to Heaven to dwell gloriously at the right hand of the Father and remains always among us. This is the source of our strength, perseverance and joy.

Knowledge of the Lord is handed down from generation to generation mainly by telling the story of how He continues to make Himself present. The God of life communicates with us through the story of life. #WorldCommunicationsDay2020 w2.vatican.va/content/france…

An integral ecology includes taking time to recover a serene harmony with creation, reflecting on our lifestyle and our ideals, and contemplating the Creator who lives among us and surrounds us. #LaudatoSi5

Care for nature is part of a lifestyle which includes the capacity for living together and communion. Jesus reminded us that we have God as our common Father and that this makes us brothers and sisters. #LaudatoSi5

Men and women of #Prayer safeguard the basic truths. They repeat to everyone that this life, despite all its fatigue, trials, and difficult days, is filled with a grace at which we marvel. As such life must always be defended and protected.

Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species which we will never know, which our children will never see. Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence. We have no such right. #Biodiversity #LaudatoSi5

Receiving the joy of the Spirit is a grace. Moreover, it is the only force that enables us to preach the Gospel and to confess our faith in the Lord. Faith means bearing witness to the joy that the Lord gives to us. A joy such as this cannot be the result of our own efforts.

The joy of proclaiming the Gospel always shines brightly against the backdrop of a grateful memory. To be “in a state of mission” is a reflection of gratitude. It is the response of one who by gratitude is made docile to the Spirit and is therefore free. w2.vatican.va/content/france…

If one follows Jesus, happy to be attracted by Him, others will take notice. They may even be astonished. The joy that radiates from those attracted by Christ and by his Spirit is what can make any missionary initiative fruitful.

Jesus told his disciples that he would send them the Spirit, the Comforter, prior to his departure. In this way, he also entrusted the apostolic work of the Church to the Spirit for all time, until his return. #Ascension w2.vatican.va/content/france…

This life is the gift that God has given us. It is too short to be spent in sadness. Let us praise God, content simply to exist. We are children of the great King, capable of reading His signature in all Creation. #LaudatoSi5

The human person grows more, matures more and is sanctified more to the extent that he or she enters into relationships, going out from themselves to live in communion with God, with others and with all creatures. #LaudatoSi5

If the events of life – with all its bitterness – risk suffocating the gift of #Prayer within us, it is enough to contemplate a starry sky, a sunset, or a flower, to reignite the spark of thanksgiving. #GeneralAudience

When we can see God reflected in all that exists, our hearts are moved to praise the Lord for all his creatures and to worship him in union with them. #LaudatoSi5

  • Tweets from Bishop Egan

We’ve been working so hard these last weeks for the (safe) reopening of our churches. I say a bit more about this in the latest @PortsmouthRC e-News. Have a blessed week ahead – and please continue to pray for the end of the pandemic. mailchi.mp/portsmouthdioc…

test Twitter Media - We’ve been working so hard these last weeks for the (safe) reopening of our churches. I say a bit more about this in the latest @PortsmouthRC e-News. Have a blessed week ahead – and please continue to pray for the end of the pandemic. https://t.co/d2cFBV8udf https://t.co/uWTxI3RTJV

#DiocesanFirst. We’ve been working so hard for the (safe) reopening of our churches. I’m now delighted to announce that today this has been achieved in Guernsey! Deo gratias

test Twitter Media - #DiocesanFirst. We’ve been working so hard for the (safe) reopening of our churches. I’m now delighted to announce that today this has been achieved in Guernsey! Deo gratias https://t.co/vLn4DMSRIU

Happy Feastday today, St Philip Neri, to the Oratory in Formation at Sacred Heart Bournemouth! They have lots of exciting plans - may the Lord guide them in these, assist their fundraising and enrich the community with many more vocations.

test Twitter Media - Happy Feastday today, St Philip Neri, to the Oratory in Formation at Sacred Heart Bournemouth! They have lots of exciting plans - may the Lord guide them in these, assist their fundraising and enrich the community with many more vocations. https://t.co/9NEUqqU7UZ

Happy Feast Day of the Lord’s Ascension today! I’m live-streaming Mass at 0830h from my chapel: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/bishop-s-chapel. Hope you can join me.

test Twitter Media - Happy Feast Day of the Lord’s Ascension today! I’m live-streaming Mass at 0830h from my chapel: https://t.co/omEXmq4gDM. Hope you can join me. https://t.co/UkAJDbx2wU

Welcome to the latest @PortsmouthRC e-News. mailchi.mp/portsmouthdioc… We are now rapidly ploughing through Eastertide, this being the Sixth Week of Easter. On Thursday we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord, an important feastday: do try to tune into a live-streamed Mass that day.

test Twitter Media - Welcome to the latest @PortsmouthRC e-News. https://t.co/Ol3Ms8fHZF

We are now rapidly ploughing through Eastertide, this being the Sixth Week of Easter. On Thursday we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord, an important feastday: do try to tune into a live-streamed Mass that day. https://t.co/CFiOVmKcue

I’m delighted to hear tonight that our churches might soon (safely) reopen, at least for private prayer as a first stage. Let’s keep praying earnestly to the LORD for this intention.

test Twitter Media - I’m delighted to hear tonight that our churches might soon (safely) reopen, at least for private prayer as a first stage. Let’s keep praying earnestly to the LORD for this intention. https://t.co/hmt0goNPm7

Welcome to this week's @PortsmouthRC e-News. As we are in the joyful month of May, let us especially call on the prayers of the Blessed Mother for a speedy end to the coronavirus crisis and a restoration of a 'new normal' of daily life. mailchi.mp/portsmouthdioc…

test Twitter Media - Welcome to this week's @PortsmouthRC e-News. As we are in the joyful month of May, let us especially call on the prayers of the Blessed Mother for a speedy end to the coronavirus crisis and a restoration of a 'new normal' of daily life.
https://t.co/vtLpxpXJT8 https://t.co/Wl5GYfTIIQ

In this week’s @PortsmouthRC e-News, I talk about the reopening of our churches and some of the things that will be needed: mailchi.mp/portsmouthdioc…

test Twitter Media - In this week’s @PortsmouthRC e-News, I talk about the reopening of our churches and some of the things that will be needed: https://t.co/OUZBwWOyMQ https://t.co/oryVZdb0wK

Just offered Mass in honour of St Louis Grignion de Montfort. We wish a Happy Feast Day to the Montfort Missionaries and to the Daughters of Wisdom in our Diocese in Ashurst and in Romsey!

test Twitter Media - Just offered Mass in honour of St Louis Grignion de Montfort. We wish a Happy Feast Day to the Montfort Missionaries and to the Daughters of Wisdom in our Diocese in Ashurst and in Romsey! https://t.co/Voao03I8UP

Please pray for the English, Welsh and Scottish bishops that the Lord will bless their negotiations with the government to ensure our churches will be in the first wave of reopenings after the coronavirus lock-down.

test Twitter Media - Please pray for the English, Welsh and Scottish bishops that the Lord will bless their negotiations with the government to ensure our churches will be in the first wave of reopenings after the coronavirus lock-down. https://t.co/i2DlxHPDKe

Welcome to this week’s e-News with its roundup of activities, events, prayers and reflections for the week ahead. The coronavirus pandemic continues to impact upon our lives, and I give some important information for any Catholic admitted to hospital. mailchi.mp/portsmouthdioc…

test Twitter Media - Welcome to this week’s e-News with its roundup of activities, events, prayers and reflections for the week ahead. The coronavirus pandemic continues to impact upon our lives, and I give some important information for any Catholic admitted to hospital. https://t.co/XmJAPZtR5J https://t.co/7dumokAbdd

On this Divine Mercy Sunday I wonder again about the closure of our churches for private prayer. I know it’s an emergency and so temporary measures are needed. But are we reversing the hierarchy of values, putting physical health above spiritual? Let’s pray we can reopen soon.

test Twitter Media - On this Divine Mercy Sunday I wonder again about the closure of our churches for private prayer. I know it’s an emergency and so temporary measures are needed. But are we reversing the hierarchy of values, putting physical health above spiritual? Let’s pray we can reopen soon. https://t.co/ijmLBZNYRK

My prayers and best wishes to you this weekend. Please join me tomorrow (Sunday) for live-streamed Mass in the Cathedral at 12 noon: portsmouthcatholiccathedral.org.uk/live-mass.php. Then join me again tomorrow afternoon in my chapel at 3 pm for the Chaplet of Divine Mercy: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

test Twitter Media - My prayers and best wishes to you this weekend. Please join me tomorrow (Sunday) for live-streamed Mass in the Cathedral at 12 noon: https://t.co/akulh2wxTb. Then join me again tomorrow afternoon in my chapel at 3 pm for the Chaplet of Divine Mercy: https://t.co/c1nnkbZH02 https://t.co/gLy5ZQ7ap5

If you’re able to go out for some exercise today, here’s a suggestion. Visit your parish church in order to touch it - wipe it clean afterwards! - and in a moment of prayer unite yourself with the Risen Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, making a spiritual communion.

test Twitter Media - If you’re able to go out for some exercise today, here’s a suggestion. Visit your parish church in order to touch it - wipe it clean afterwards! - and in a moment of prayer unite yourself with the Risen Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, making a spiritual communion. https://t.co/m2mkjtN4Ts

A very happy Easter to you! This Holy Week and Easter have been like no other. Thank you, clergy and people of the Diocese of @PortsmouthRC for your witness and example at this difficult time. Read more in this week's e-News: mailchi.mp/portsmouthdioc…

test Twitter Media - A very happy Easter to you! This Holy Week and Easter have been like no other. Thank you, clergy and people of the Diocese of @PortsmouthRC for your witness and example at this difficult time. Read more in this week's e-News:
https://t.co/yfDR7LNE8k https://t.co/lfirIuomSQ

Mass tomorrow (Easter Monday) will be live-streamed from my chapel here in Bishops House at 0900h. Hope you can join us. The link can be found here: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

test Twitter Media - Mass tomorrow (Easter Monday) will be live-streamed from my chapel here in Bishops House at 0900h. Hope you can join us. The link can be found here: https://t.co/c1nnkbZH02 https://t.co/1dgEahZvc5

A very happy Easter to you! I’m saying the 12 noon Mass in the Cathedral (which you can follow here: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk). We’re then having Sunday lunch: roast lamb with mint sauce and redcurrant jelly, my favourite!

test Twitter Media - A very happy Easter to you! I’m saying the 12 noon Mass in the Cathedral (which you can follow here: https://t.co/c1nnkbZH02). We’re then having Sunday lunch: roast lamb with mint sauce and redcurrant jelly, my favourite! https://t.co/oszQNfhcaY

Just back from my government-permitted exercise! Portsmouth is really well laid out for bikes - even better with no traffic. Going to get ready now for the Vigil Mass at 2000h and Mass tomorrow at 12 noon. Both will be live-streamed on Cathedral website: portsmouthcatholiccathedral.org.uk/live-mass.php

test Twitter Media - Just back from my government-permitted exercise! Portsmouth is really well laid out for bikes - even better with no traffic. Going to get ready now for the Vigil Mass at 2000h and Mass tomorrow at 12 noon. Both will be live-streamed on Cathedral website: https://t.co/akulh2wxTb https://t.co/aQ1K3JoWZ1

Today on BBC Radio 4 I gave the Thought for the Day. You can hear it here: bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08…. By the way, it was a lovely day here today: this is the view from the park opposite the Cathedral.

test Twitter Media - Today on BBC Radio 4 I gave the Thought for the Day. You can hear it here: https://t.co/TU8ZL4W1zH. By the way, it was a lovely day here today: this is the view from the park opposite the Cathedral. https://t.co/rFmKe7AreV

Welcome to our Holy Week edition of e-News. I am truly heartened by the Good News it contains, and not least the creative response of our clergy and people to the current crisis. Our schools and our parishes are doing an amazing job in the circumstances. mailchi.mp/portsmouthdioc…

test Twitter Media - Welcome to our Holy Week edition of e-News. I am truly heartened by the Good News it contains, and not least the creative response of our clergy and people to the current crisis. Our schools and our parishes are doing an amazing job in the circumstances. https://t.co/857Yw9dDvy https://t.co/ujqn08tTkv

Daily Mass Online Locally

While we are unable to attend Holy Mass in Church, please note the following local online mass options (please subscribe and share!):

Live-streamed options:

  • Fr. Bern at St. Edmund Campion and the Annunciation (Holy Mass: Sundays at 1000, weekdays at 0930, Eucharistic Adoration daily at 1700: YouTube or Facebook
  • Fr. Kevin at Our Lady Queen of Peace, Southbourne (Holy Mass: Sundays at 0930): YouTube

Recorded option:

  • Fr Darryl here at St. Thomas More Church, Iford (Holy Mass recorded daily): YouTube

Please share this information with others so we may all remain joyfully in spiritual communion.  God Bless!

 

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