Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, Portsmouth
Portsmouth Cathedral Parish
Priests: Canon David Hopgood and Fr Phillip Harris
Parish Secretary: Mrs Lily Peach
Bishop’s House, Bishop Crispian Way, Portsmouth, PO1 3HG
Tel: 02392 826170,
Canon David and Father Phillip would like to thank everyone for their enormous generosity, gifts and cards this Christmas and wish everyone a very happy and peaceful New Year.
A special thank you to all the ministries that worked extra hard during this busy season to enhance our liturgies with music, decorations and service. Everything was spectacular! Thank you to all volunteers for their hard work and dedication throughout the past year.
Thank you also for your support with the Christmas Voucher Appeal to help the poor and homeless of our city this Christmas.
The Crib Offerings by the Nativity scene are for the benefit of Christian Schools in the Holy Land. The Christians in the Holy Land, including Bethlehem are experiencing extreme difficulties and dangers. Education is one area that is severely affected by the situation and is getting worse. Please be generous with your prayers and money to help the children in the Holy Land.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
You are invited to spend an hour in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament every Friday between 0800-1800 and Saturday from 1100-1200.
EVENING PRAYER AT ST THOMAS’ ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL
We have been invited by St Thomas’s Cathedral to join them on Sunday 13 January for Vespers at 1800. Canon David will be attending and would welcome St John’s Cathedral Parish to join him.
TO ALL READERS AND EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
Rotas are being prepared for the period Jan-April 2013. Please indicate the date/s when you are unable to do your duty by filling in the forms sent you via email or from the rack dispenser by the entrance to the Cathedral Discovery Centre.
WOOLLEY HATS FOR SEAFARERS
It can be very cold at sea on the deck of a ship, and seafarers coming into our ports bringing in much of the food we enjoy from overseas. They are appreciative of gifts of these warm hats, and the assurance that they are remembered in our prayers. Hats can be left in the Book Shop to be sent to the Apostleship of the Sea.
OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE PRAYER MEDJUGORIE PRAYER GROUP
Prays the Rosary for Priests and Vocations every Monday in the Jubilee Room from 1130-1155. All welcome.
TAIZE PRAYER EVENING
Come and experience a different, gentle form of prayer in St John’s Chapel next Sunday 13 January at 1700. Taize Prayer is contemplative in character with simple chants, words from Scripture and silent pauses for reflection. All welcome.
A new course of Yoga classes will start on Tuesday 15 January 2013 for ten successive Tuesdays from 1830-2000 in the Cathedral Centre. Classes will be suitable for beginners as well as those with experience. If you are interested simply turn up on the day. Cost is £40.00
THE BETHANY GROUP
The Cathedral Bereavement Group meets on the first Thursday of each month at 0945 in St John’s Room and afterwards at 1030 in the Coffee Shop. Its purpose is to offer practical help, support or friendship to those who suffer loss or bereavement of any kind.
Bereavement and loss can be felt even more acutely at this time of the year. You might like to pause for a moment and reflect at the Prayer Corner by Our Lady’s Chapel in the Cathedral.