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  • Tweets from Pope Francis

The coronavirus is not the only disease to be fought, but rather, the pandemic has shed light on broader social ills. One of these is a distorted view of the person, a perspective that ignores the dignity and relational character of the person. #GeneralAudience

God does not choose us because of our “goodness”, but precisely because we are and we feel small.

We are born with a seed of dissatisfaction in search of fulfillment. Our heart, even without knowing it, thirsts for the encounter with God and seeks it, many times taking the wrong road. When our dissatisfaction encounters Jesus, the life of grace begins.

Let us again pray for #Lebanon: after the catastrophe, for its particular identity, fruit of the encounter of different cultures, that with God’s help and everyone’s genuine participation, it may be reborn free and strong.

Having faith means keeping your heart turned to God, to His love, to His Fatherly tenderness, amid the storm. Jesus wanted to teach this to Peter and the disciples, and also to us today (Mt 14:22-33). #GospelOfTheDay

We are all in need of the Father who extends His hand to us. To pray to Him, to invoke Him, is not an illusion. Illusion is to think we can do without Him! Prayer is the soul of hope.

Men and women of #Prayer bear the reflection of light on their faces. Even on the darkest days the sun does not cease to illuminate them.

On the 75th anniversary of the atomic explosion at Hiroshima, let us remember that resources used in the arms race could and should be used instead to promote integral human development and to protect the natural environment. #Hiroshima75

Let us keep our eyes fixed on the resplendent face of God, whom we contemplate in Christ transfigured on Mount Tabor. He is the light that illuminates the events of every day. #Transfiguration

In the next few weeks, I invite you to tackle together the pressing questions that the pandemic has brought to the fore, social ills above all. And we will do it in the light of the Gospel, of the theological virtues and of the principles of the Church’s social doctrine.

Let us pray for the victims of the explosions in Beirut and for their families; and let us pray for Lebanon so that, through the dedication of all its social, political and religious elements, it might face this extremely tragic and painful moment.

Dear brother priests, let us ask the Lord that we be men whose lives bear witness to the compassion and mercy that Jesus alone can bestow on us. #HolyCureOfArs

Let's look at the "saints next door" who, with simplicity, respond to evil with good, have the courage to love their enemies and to pray for them.

How important it is to put God’s forgiveness, which ‘generates heaven’ in us and around us, back at the centre! #PardonOfAssisi

With the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves (see Mt 14:13-21), Jesus wants to educate His friends, both then and now, about God’s logic: the logic of taking responsibility for others. #GospelOfTheDay

#SaintIgnatius teaches us humility. Humility makes us aware that it is not we who build the Kingdom of God, but always the Lord’s grace which acts within us. We are fragile clay vessels, yet we bear and communicate an immense treasure.

#Friendship is one of life’s gifts and a grace from God. Faithful friends, who stand at our side in times of difficulty, are a reflection of the Lord’s love, His gentle and consoling presence in our lives.

Trafficking in persons still constitutes an open wound on the body of contemporary society. I offer heartfelt thanks to all those who work on behalf of the innocent victims of the commodification of the human person. Much remains to be done! #EndHumanTrafficking

Men and women who pray know that hope is stronger than discouragement. They believe that love is more powerful than death, and that love will surely triumph one day, even if it be in times and ways we do not know. #Prayer

When someone offers us a service, we should not think that we deserve everything. Gratitude, appreciation is, first of all, good manners, but it is also a characteristic of a Christian. It is a simple but genuine sign of the Kingdom of God.

On the memorial of the Saints Joachim and Anne, Jesus's “grandparents”, I would like to invite young people to do something tender towards the elderly, especially the loneliest, in their homes or residences. Dear young people, each elderly person is your grandparent!

The Kingdom of Heaven is the opposite of the superfluous things the world offers, the opposite of a dull life: it is a treasure that renews everyday life and leads it to extend towards wider horizons. #GospelOfTheDay

The true pilgrim is capable of going at the pace of the slowest person. And Jesus is capable of this. Jesus is our pilgrim companion. He respects our situation, and does not accelerate the pace. He is the Lord of patience.

Prophecy is born whenever we allow ourselves to be challenged by God, not when we are concerned to keep everything quiet and under control.

  • Tweets from Bishop Egan

Welcome to this week’s @PortsmouthRC e-News sent out today Tuesday 4th August, the feast day of the Curé d’Ars. This is my 36th anniversary of ordination as a priest: I’d be very grateful if you could say a prayer for me today. mailchi.mp/portsmouthdioc…

test Twitter Media - Welcome to this week’s @PortsmouthRC e-News sent out today Tuesday 4th August, the feast day of the Curé d’Ars. This is my 36th anniversary of ordination as a priest: I’d be very grateful if you could say a prayer for me today.  

https://t.co/odbOdE4Tx4 https://t.co/NgvrDo3iAZ

I find it amazing that, with time flying, the month of August begins later this week! I hope that like me you are able to find a bit of time for relaxation and reading, and also time to spend with family and friends. Read all the latest from @PortsmouthRC: mailchi.mp/portsmouthdioc…

test Twitter Media - I find it amazing that, with time flying, the month of August begins later this week! I hope that like me you are able to find a bit of time for relaxation and reading, and also time to spend with family and friends. Read all the latest from @PortsmouthRC:
https://t.co/EF1nDF2mxW https://t.co/0zxZSEwteJ

Just in from the evening circuit. It’s very blustery today so it was a bit hard-going

test Twitter Media - Just in from the evening circuit. It’s very blustery today so it was a bit hard-going https://t.co/XBHr3yctEp

“If your parish closed tomorrow, would anyone who isn’t a member care? Would they feel the difference? Or has your parish become self-serving, with negligible impact upon the community?” (Mallon ‘Beyond the Parish’ p. 35).

test Twitter Media - “If your parish closed tomorrow, would anyone who isn’t a member care? Would they feel the difference? Or has your parish become self-serving, with negligible impact upon the community?” (Mallon ‘Beyond the Parish’ p. 35). https://t.co/yWzyp9jBDP

Congratulations Altrincham on your 2-0 win against York today!Well done. It’s all looking good for the final next Sat

test Twitter Media - Congratulations Altrincham on your 2-0 win against York today!Well done. It’s all looking good for the final next Sat https://t.co/2OfqzkxHYO

It was a great joy last Sunday to say Mass in the Cathedral once again with a congregation; please pray for our clergy and parishioners across the diocese as our churches reopen for the sacred Liturgy. Read all the latest from @PortsmouthRC in e-News: mailchi.mp/portsmouthdioc…

test Twitter Media - It was a great joy last Sunday to say Mass in the Cathedral once again with a congregation; please pray for our clergy and parishioners across the diocese as our churches reopen for the sacred Liturgy. Read all the latest from @PortsmouthRC in e-News: https://t.co/a3hx0oA3WN https://t.co/zPcnUWdEYg

It was a great weekend - a number of parishes reopened for Mass and the Sacraments and we had the ordinations of Fr Matthew King and Deacon Anthony Fyk. This is a great blessing to our Diocese: please pray for them as they “settle in.” Read more in e-News: mailchi.mp/portsmouthdioc…

test Twitter Media - It was a great weekend - a number of parishes reopened for Mass and the Sacraments and we had the ordinations of Fr Matthew King and Deacon Anthony Fyk. This is a great blessing to our Diocese: please pray for them as they “settle in.” Read more in e-News:
https://t.co/FtBKw8QKuA https://t.co/jP0t0N6sA6

With great joy – albeit with a bit of trepidation – we look forward to the reopening of our churches for the sacred Liturgy this weekend and also Ordinations and other events too! More in e-News: mailchi.mp/portsmouthdioc… May God bless you, granting you all a deeper faith and joy.

test Twitter Media - With great joy – albeit with a bit of trepidation – we look forward to the reopening of our churches for the sacred Liturgy this weekend and also Ordinations and other events too! More in e-News: https://t.co/k0VU3UAh7Z 
May God bless you, granting you all a deeper faith and joy. https://t.co/0n2oLTVBJD

It’s been great seeing people coming into the Cathedral here to pray, now that restrictions have lifted and the church has been able to reopen. Here's the latest news from around the Diocese of @PortsmouthRC mailchi.mp/portsmouthdioc…

test Twitter Media - It’s been great seeing people coming into the Cathedral here to pray, now that restrictions have lifted and the church has been able to reopen. Here's the latest news from around the Diocese of @PortsmouthRC 
https://t.co/FSt0HghHDy https://t.co/BSycoqeZLa

It’s great news that our churches are now gradually reopening, although this is a process that will vary from place to place. It depends on everyone’s generosity. Read more in this week's e-News: mailchi.mp/portsmouthdioc… I wish you a blessed few days ahead, safe and sound.

test Twitter Media - It’s great news that our churches are now gradually reopening, although this is a process that will vary from place to place. It depends on everyone’s generosity. Read more in this week's e-News:
https://t.co/RVr52vOjzl 
I wish you a blessed few days ahead, safe and sound. https://t.co/0rZUnYEgve

We’ve just had the good news that we can begin the reopening of our churches for private prayer from 15th June and there's a short message about this in the latest e-News. I also draw attention to a Pastoral Message I’ve sent to the Catholics of Guernsey. mailchi.mp/portsmouthdioc…

test Twitter Media - We’ve just had the good news that we can begin the reopening of our churches for private prayer from 15th June and there's a short message about this in the latest e-News. I also draw attention to a Pastoral Message I’ve sent to the Catholics of Guernsey. https://t.co/dZX5UEFzV0 https://t.co/Nq3yaQjitY

Pro-abortionists in Guernsey are seeking to sneak through new legislation that will greatly liberalise and increase the number of abortions taking place on the island. Read my message about this here: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/message-to-gue…

test Twitter Media - Pro-abortionists in Guernsey are seeking to sneak through new legislation that will greatly liberalise and increase the number of abortions taking place on the island. Read my message about this here: https://t.co/7ifeu2KbdZ https://t.co/UWce6WUj0V

The Cathedral is all set to go, once we get the word. Let us pray earnestly for some good news this week - that we can at last reopen our churches.

test Twitter Media - The Cathedral is all set to go, once we get the word. Let us pray earnestly for some good news this week - that we can at last reopen our churches. https://t.co/q7fHvkTSxN

Welcome to this week’s @PortsmouthRC e-News as we enter June, a month that is especially dedicated to the Heart of Christ. This Thursday, we celebrate the feast of Jesus Christ Eternal High Priest, a good day to pray for all our priests and for vocations. mailchi.mp/portsmouthdioc…

test Twitter Media - Welcome to this week’s @PortsmouthRC e-News as we enter June, a month that is especially dedicated to the Heart of Christ. This Thursday, we celebrate the feast of Jesus Christ Eternal High Priest, a good day to pray for all our priests and for vocations. 
https://t.co/uluVj6lgg9 https://t.co/KBMcealvKi

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

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
  • Fr Adrian at Corpus Christi, Boscombe (Holy Mass: Sundays at 0930): YouTube

Recorded options:

  • 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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