Joy filled Mass of Thanksgiving for St Oscar Romero at Portsmouth Cathedral

Bishop Philip with Maureen Thompson & Jo Lewry

On Saturday 24th November I attended a joy filled mass to give thanks for the canonisation of St Oscar Romero. Many thanks to Mugeni Sumba a CAFOD Parish volunteer and teacher at Oakland’s College for organising the mass, and to all the children and young people who read so beautifully. Also thanks to CAFOD Parish volunteers who helped with the CAFOD display and the refreshments after mass.

CAFOD Parish Volunteers

CAFOD Parish Volunteers

Bishop Philip celebrated the mass and reminded us in the homily of St Oscar Romero’s love and care for the poor in El Salvador and how he spoke out against the injustices in his country.   Bishop Philip asked us to consider how we could live in solidarity with the poor, care for our common home and live more simply. 

Mugeni Sumba introducing Stephen Davies

Mugeni Sumba introducing Stephen Davies

After the mass Stephen Davies, who is the vice-chair of the Archbishop Romero Trust spoke passionately about the life of St Oscar Romero. He reminded us of Romero’s sermons which were broadcast on the radio. In these sermons Romero would mention all those who been killed in the violence or who were missing and beg the authorities to end the repression. St Oscar Romero spoke out for the poor and because of this he was killed on 24th March 1980 . He was made a saint on 14th October 2018.

” As a Christian I do not believe in death without resurrection. If I am killed I shall rise again in the Salvadoran People

With our prayer, our work and our solidarity and relying on our faith and hope, we will continue to seek a better world” —St Oscar Romero, homily for the Feast of Christ the King, 1979

St Edmund’s Seconday school Portsmouth “Give it Up” for Lent.

Alison Humphreys receiving the cheque for CAFOD.

Many thanks to St Edmund’s Secondary school in Portsmouth for “giving it up” this Lent and raising an amazing £426 for Lent family fast day. Our CAFOD school visitor Alison Humphreys collected the cheque at a beautiful Stations of the Cross service that the school held on the last day of the Spring term at St Mary’s Church, Fratton. The money was raised through various activities throughout Lent so a HUGE THANK YOU to the students, staff and parents at St Edmund’s for your support.

Don’t forget that all donations collected up to the 12th May will be doubled by the UK Government up to £5 million.

Congratulations to “Marathon” Jane for completing the Malta Marathon

Running in the Malta Marathon

Running in the Malta Marathon

Congratulations to Jane Carr,  a member of staff at St Paul’s RC Primary in Portsmouth for completing the Malta Marathon in 4 hours and 1 minute. What a fantastic achievement.

Thank you so much for raising nearly £100 and contributing 26 miles to the Share the Journey campaign. The aim of the campaign is to walk around the world (24,900 miles) in solidarity with refugees and migrants who have to flee from their homes.  We are urging the Prime Minister to play leading role in the forthcoming global compacts on migration and refugees. You can sign the online petition here 

At the finish

At the finish