Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 4th March 2018


Snow is fun for a while but it quickly becomes tiresome and a worry. While most of us are fortunate to have homes and warmth, there are particular dangers for those who are homeless and living on the streets at times like this. We can pray, give money, shelter, food but also time to talk to people who are homeless.

The foodbank boxes in the Cloister by the North door are still being filled but lately not quite as much or as often as they were. There has been no sudden improvement – the need is just as great if not greater. It is very simple to add a few cans of something easy to open and nutritious to your weekly shop and drop it into the boxes provided. It all goes to the Roberts Centre or All Saints’ Asylum Drop-in.

Fairtrade Fortnight continues and reminds us that our food comes from all over the world, and we can choose to buy and sell for prices which give the producers a fair wage rather than all the benefit being for the companies in the middle. Fairtrade is a great brand to support and there is a breakfast between and after services next Sunday morning - the Big Mother’s Day Fairtrade Breakfast. Jesus drove out moneychangers from the Temple but shared meals, he seemed to like and encourage! Could all these things be linked?

 The Reverend Canon Nick Ralph

Residentiary Canon



Canon Nick is at St Marys, Fratton at 8am this morning.

For Goodness Bakes will be selling homemade vegan and gluten free bakes after the 10.30am service as part of the Faith and Football Enterprise Challenge.  All of the profits will go to help children in India with their education. Fairtrade Exhibition on the crossing.

Services and Events The latest edition of our Monthly Events listing are available in the Cathedral or on the website.    Details of our Holy Week and Easter services are available in a special leaflet.


Appointment of Acting Dean  The Bishop has announced the appointment of Canon Peter Leonard as Acting Dean.  Canon Peter will take up his duties following the Dean’s retirement in the summer.  Details of the appointment process for Deans are on the Church of England website.

Cathedrals Working Group Chapter wishes to thank all those who took part in the consultation meetings which informed its response to the draft report.

Sunday Morning Coffee The surplus of £70.00 from donations for coffee has been added to the funds held by the Cathedral to help the homeless. With great thanks to the Sunday Morning Coffee Team.


Confirmation Classes Canon Jo and Canon Peter are running classes in preparation for the Confirmation at the Easter Vigil on 31st March. We are running a group for adults on Sunday afternoons.  If you, your child, or anyone else you know would be interested please speak to Canon Jo or contact her at jo.spreadbury@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk or 9282 3300.

Finance and Investments Committee The FIC meets on Wednesday to review the draft 2017 accounts.  The agenda is on the noticeboard and website.

Heath Harrison Aisle The windows in the aisle which have been at Chapel Studios for repair will be refitted over the next fortnight. 

Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral The Spring Newsletter has been posted to members.  The Friends are arranging a Visit to Salisbury on Wednesday 25th April by coach which is open to non-members.  Full details are available in the Cathedral and on the website.

Mothering Sunday Posies  If you would like to help The Flower Guild to make posies next Saturday morning, then please contact Rosemary Fairfax through the Cathedral Offices.

Easter Lilies If you would like to donate the cost of a lily (£2.50) in memory of a loved one, forms are available in the Cathedral and on the website.

Skittles Match 7.30pm Friday 23rd March at the Royal Maritime Club.  Join us in a friendly competition against Gunwharf Quay Residents. Tickets £10.00 (including basket meal) are available from the Cathedral Shop. 

Vacancies The Diocese of Portsmouth has a vacancy for a Temporary Receptionist/Administrator details on the Diocesan website.  There is also a vacancy in a part-time Deanery Youth Project Counselling Post, further details from portsmouthdeanery.admin@portsmouth.anglican.org.


Fairtrade Fortnight runs until 11th March. Events include a Big Mother’s Day Breakfast at the Cathedral between and after morning services next Sunday.  Donations welcome! If you would like to help please contact Sue Ward, sueandterryinpk@yahoo.com. Brief meeting for helpers after today’s 10.30am service. Details at www.portsmouthfairtrade.org.uk or on posters.

Fairtrade Gold Exhibition Friday 16th - Sunday 25th March with a reception after Choral Evensong on 16th March. A set of 16 striking images, quotes and stories from gold mining communities in South America and East Africa which bring the challenges facing small-scale gold miners, and the difference Fairtrade can make to life.

Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday with David Price (organist). Light refreshments from 12.30pm.  Entrance free with retiring collection.

Annual Theme Talk - “Time in the Bible” 7.00pm  this Thursday in Becket Hall.  Free event, all welcome. Further details on the website and Annual Theme booklet.

Creative Spirituality Evening 7.30pm Tuesday 13th March.  All are welcome to join Sharon Court for dedicated space and time in the Cathedral.

Cathedral Club 2.45pm Thursday 15th March in Becket Hall.  Edda Rae will talk on her “15 years in Tourism”. Free, small donation for tea/coffee.

Messiah 7.30pm Saturday 17th March. An authentic performance of Handel’s oratorio by the Cathedral Choirs and The Capelle Baroque Orchestra.  Tickets available from the Cathedral Shop or Eventbrite.


All those in need including: Martin, Frank, Christine, Roger, Amanda, Rachael, John, Wayne, and Brian.

And those who have died: Natalie Hastings, Vivienne Pittard, Trevor Owen, Trevor Pritchard, Val Voaden, Geoffrey Thorpe, Mary Barnard and Joan Russell (Cathedral funeral midday Monday 5th March), RIP.



Sunday 4th March, Third Sunday of Lent

0800       Holy Communion (BCP said)

1030       Eucharist sung by the Cathedral Choir

                     Preacher: The Revd Dr Ruth Tuschling

Readings: Exodus 20.1-17; John 2.13-22

1800       Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

                    Preacher: Canon Nick Ralph

This Week

Monday             0740   Morning Prayer

                          0800   Holy Communion

                          1200   Funeral Service Joan Russell RIP

                          1800   Choral Evensong sung by Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars

Tuesday            0740   Morning Prayer

                          0800   Holy Communion

                          1800   Evening Prayer said

(The Cathedral Choir is singing Choral Evensong with the Winchester Quiristers at Winchester College)

Wednesday  0740   Morning Prayer

                      0800   Holy Communion

                      1200   Holy Communion with Prayers for Healing and Wholeness

                      1400   Baby and Toddler Service

                       1800   Evening Prayer said

Thursday       0740   Morning Prayer

                          0800   Holy Communion

                          1800   Choral Evensong sung by Cantate

Friday             0740   Morning Prayer

                         0800   Holy Communion

                          1200   Holy Communion

                          1800   Choral Evensong sung by Cathedral Choir

Saturday        1700   Choral Evensong sung by the Orlando Singers

Sunday 11th March, Third Sunday of Lent

0800       Holy Communion (BCP said)

1030       Eucharist sung by the Cathedral Choir with Becket Jazz

                     Preacher: The Dean

Readings: Exodus 2.1-10; John 19.25-27

1800       Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir

                      Preacher: Canon Dr Anthony Rustell


Portsmouth Cathedral