Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 14th October - Twentieth Sunday After Trinity


This Sunday is a very full day and brings together many aspects of the life and ministry of the Cathedral.

We are known as ‘The Cathedral of the Sea’ and at the Seafarers Service this morning we celebrate, remember and commemorate all those who ‘go down to the sea in ships’ and those who support them in doing so. We give thanks for all that this means to us in terms of industry, commerce, defence and the life of our city.

It is a Civic Service and so we are joined by a wide cross-section of people representing the City Council, Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and charities who support the work of seafarers including the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity who receive half of our collection this morning during the 10.30am service.

This evening we are joined by a range of people from across the diocese as Bishop Christopher commissions our new Diocesan Secretary, Victoria James.  This is a new and exciting phase in the life of the Diocese of Portsmouth of which we serve and are part of.

All of this within the context of a worshipping community who meet to pray day by day and week by week. A community serving Seafarers, the City of Portsmouth, the Diocese of Portsmouth, the parish and all who come here. A distinctively spiritual and prayerful space, into which everyone is welcome to come; a Christian community committed to promoting social justice, equality and compassion. 

You are welcome, affirmed and valued whoever you are and for whatever reason you are here.


The Revd Canon Peter Leonard

Acting Dean and Canon Chancellor


Welcome to all those attending the Seafarers Service this morning. The service will conclude with a procession to Grand Parade and the annual laying of wreaths. Eucharist will be celebrated at 6.00pm and will include the commissioning of the new Diocesan Secretary, Victoria James, by the Bishop.

Canon Nick is at St George’s, Portsea this morning.

Indonesia Tsunami Appeal There will be a retiring collection at this evening’s service. Donations can also be made online through https://bit.ly/2Quo2lq.

The List and Events Listings are available in the Cathedral or on the website.


Thank you An additional £193.00 has been donated to the Pantomime lunch for the Roberts Centre bringing the total raised to £1,456.00.

Education Outreach This week 60 children from Cottage Grove School took part in our Cathedral Sing programme.  They attended a workshop called ‘Cathedral of the Sea’ and enjoyed singing sea songs alongside the Cathedral Choristers and learned about the Ichthus symbol.


Poppies for Remembrance We are planning a large display of poppies to be made by children attending School Workshops at the end of October. Donations of all types of red fabric, large or small, plain or patterned in any shade of red that can be used to make poppies and large buttons no smaller than 1 or 2.5cm diameter will be gratefully received.  Please bring your donations next week to the Cathedral Offices or leave with the Shop or Vergers. We are also inviting visitors to the Cathedral to make a poppy for an outside display.  The materials and instructions for these will be set up in the Welcome Area from Wednesday until Remembrance Day – please take part.

Christmas Fair Saturday 1st December. We need donations of china, toiletries, books, DVDs, CDs, preserves (jams, marmalade and chutney), jewellery, clothing (unworn with label), bottles of wine and boxes of chocolates for the Tombola, and small terracotta flowerpots.  Please leave donations in the Cathedral Shop. Raffle Tickets will be on sale from Monday at the Cathedral Shop.

Walk for Freedom 11.30am Saturday 20th October starting at Guildhall Square. Organised by Stop the Traffik Portsmouth and A2 to raise awareness about Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in Portsmouth. For further details and to register attendance see https://www.stopthetraffik.org

Verbum Caro Factum Est Advent and Christmas Music CD by the Cathedral Choir is now available for £10.00 in the Cathedral Shop.

All Souls’ Eucharist with commemoration of the departed. 6.00pm Friday 2nd November. A reflective service of readings and music within the Eucharist with the opportunity to remember and light a candle for loved ones. All are welcome.  If you would like a name to be included at the service of someone who has died in the past year, please add it to the list in the Welcome Area.


Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday. Musicians from The Portsmouth Grammar School. Retiring collection and refreshments on sale from 12.30pm.

Time Talk: Time in Photography & Film 7.00pm this Thursday in Becket Hall with Paul Gonella, Southsea based photographer and co-founder of creative collective Strong Island.

Journeys Festival International: exploring refugee experiences through great art presents at the Cathedral:

‘The Invisibles’ Journey’ Art Exhibition Monday 15th – Sunday 28th October in the Ambulatory. Paintings, drawings and prints realised by migrants, and photographic images of some of the migrants who took part in art workshops organised by the charity Secours Catholique at its day centre in Calais.  

Coffee Shop Conversation 6.30-8.30pm Monday 15th October with Hisham Ali via skype from Calais. Hisham will discuss his work with Secours Catholique and the art produced by individuals supported by the Charity. Free event, booking essential via Eventbrite https://bit.ly/2CBjmXX .

Container Project Thursday 18th–Sunday 28th October on the West Front. Featuring live graffiti with Missit, Nzie and Sahara Rock the weekend of 19th-21st October and Tourist by Anton Kats.

City of Sanctuary Panel Discussion 1.00-2.00pm Monday 22nd October in Becket Hall. Representatives from Southampton City of Sanctuary share information about this national movement. Free event, booking essential via Eventbrite https://bit.ly/2Ed6sRv .

For further details about events elsewhere in Portsmouth see leaflets in the Cathedral and http://www.journeysfestival.com.

Messy Cathedral 2.00pm Saturday 27th October. An hour of fun and craft activities, followed by a short service and afternoon tea. Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied.

Remembrance Day Concert 8.00pm Sunday 11th November.  A concert commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the WW1 Armistice with the world premiere of a new Missa Brevis by Ola Gjeilo jointly commissioned by  the Cathedral and The Portsmouth Grammar School. Tickets from the Cathedral Shop or https://bit.ly/2O5QZ9W.


All those in need including: Brian, Roger, Derek, Jane, Stuart, Gita, Richard and John.

And those who have died: Paul Anthony, Jeannette Hayward (Deacon) and Andrew Waugh RIP.


Sunday 14th October, Twentieth Sunday after Trinity

0800       Holy Communion (BCP said)

1030       Service for Seafarers sung by the Cathedral Choir

                          Preacher: The Revd Matt Bray, Cathedral Curate

                          Readings: Genesis 1.1-10; Matthew 14.22-33

1800       Eucharist sung by the Cathedral Consort with Welcome to the new

                                                                                                Diocesan Secretary

                          Preacher: The Bishop

                         Readings: Amos 5.6-7, 10-15; Mark 10.17-31

This Week

Monday         0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion

                         1800   Choral Evensong sung by the Layclerks and Choral Scholars

Tuesday         0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion

                         1800   Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

Wednesday  0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion           

                         1200   Holy Communion attended by the Mothers’ Union

               1400   Baby and Toddler Group

                         1800   Evening Prayer said

Thursday       0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion

     1800   Choral Evensong sung by Cantate

Friday             0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion           

                         1200   Holy Communion

                         1800   Evening Prayer said

Saturday        1000   Peal

                         1700   Choral Evensong sung by Stag Montem Chorem

Sunday 21st October, Twenty First Sunday after Trinity

0800       Holy Communion (BCP said)

No 1030 Eucharist due to the Great South Run   

1800       Eucharist sung by the Bradford Cathedral Choir

                          Preacher: The Revd Canon Angela Tilby

                          Readings: Isaiah 53.4-end, 10-15; Mark 10.35-45

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