Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 25th March 2018


Palm Sunday begins our journey through Holy Week, as we remember and re-live what Jesus did and what was done to him, his action and his Passion. These significant days for us opened up an eternity of hope and joy, and so it is good to take part as much as we can in the services, and take the opportunity to reflect and to rejoice that so great a salvation was won for us.

The Dean in his last Holy Week with us will reflect on ‘Time Past and Time Present’ starting at Evensong today. He will give addresses at Compline on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the Eucharist of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, and Meditation on the Cross on Good Friday. He will preach finally at Evensong on Easter Day.

There will also be some of the most moving and inspiring music sung by the choir to  accompany the liturgy through these days. From Monday to Wednesday also there will be an installation of ‘Light and Sound’ by Tom Heath, based on the Stations of the Cross, with a new composition by Dr David Price each night to conclude the service of Compline which follows the Dean’s address.

And for older and younger members of our congregation and Cathedral family there will be a Dementia Friendly Holy Week and Easter service on Tuesday at 3pm, following the Lunch Club, and an All Age Good Friday Service at 10am – to which all are welcome. Our Easter services will bring all the potential of the Cathedral to bear in celebration: the Easter Vigil on Saturday at 8pm will include the baptism and confirmation of some of our own candidates, younger and older, as we pass over with Christ from darkness to light, from death to life. And the singing and colour and brightness and wonder continue on into Easter Day. And into eternal life…

The Reverend Canon Jo Spreadbury
Canon Precentor

Canon Peter is at St George’s, Portsea and the Revd Dr Ruth Tuschling is at St Philip’s, Cosham this morning.
Fairtrade Gold Exhibition in the Ambulatory. The final chance to see the set of 16 striking images, quotes and stories from gold mining communities in South America and East Africa which show the challenges facing small-scale gold miners, and the difference Fairtrade can make to their lives.
The List The new edition is available in the Cathedral or on the website. Details of our Holy Week and Easter services are available in a special leaflet.
Easter Lilies Today is the last date for donations this year.

Electoral Roll The Electoral Roll is on display in the Welcome Area and being revised until 6th April. Changes can be notified on the amendments slips supplied. Application forms (for those wishing to join the roll) are available in the Welcome Area. Please contact the Electoral Roll Officer, Nick Speller with any queries. Annual meetings, including the Election of Churchwardens, will take place on Sunday 22nd April. If you would like to know more about the role of the Cathedral’s Churchwardens please speak to one of the clergy or contact the Chapter Clerk.
Head of Fundraising The Chapter is looking to recruit a Head of Fundraising. The post holder will be responsible for implementing and developing our recently completed fundraising strategy. Full details on the website. Closing date for applications midday Monday 26th March, interviews 19th April.
Spiritual Counsel or Confession If you would like to take spiritual counsel or make confession before Easter please speak to one of the clergy direct.
Peter Stevenson The funeral of Peter who was Organist and Master of the Choristers here and Director of Music at The Portsmouth Grammar School 1965 to 1968 will take place at 2pm on Tuesday at Norwich Cathedral Presbetry.
Easter Biscuits The Cathedral traditionally serves home-made Easter biscuits with coffee after the 10.30am service on Easter Day. Please could bakers bring in home-made donations and leave them where coffee is served on Easter Day.
Easter Carols The Sisters of Bethany House would like to invite you to sing carols on Saturday 7th April at 2.30pm, followed by tea. Please contact them if you wish to attend on 023 9283 3498 or ssb@sistersofbethany.org.uk.
Decorating the Cathedral for Easter The Flower Guild would be delighted to have help from 9am on Saturday 31st March. No experience necessary.
Cathedral Shop The Meaningful Chocolate Company’s Fairtrade Easter Eggs are in stock price £3.99.
Bishop’s Lent Appeal Gift Aid envelopes available in the Cathedral. Details here.
Living Faith Course - The New Testament 7.00pm Wednesdays from 18th April. 10-week module which gives an overview of the formation and theology of the New Testament, and includes a study of the Gospels, Jesus as a teacher, signs of the Kingdom, and an introduction to Paul and his first letter to the Corinthians. For further details please contact Sarah Lovatt in the Cathedral Offices.

“Stations of Light and Sound” by Tom Heath. An installation depicting the 14 Stations of the Cross using light, sound and music Monday-Wednesday from 6pm. Tom is currently studying Graphic Design at Falmouth University and was previously a Choral Scholar here.
Messy Cathedral 2.00pm Saturday 31st March. An hour of fun and craft activities followed by a short service and afternoon tea. Suitable for all ages.
Chocolate Workshop Tuesday 3rd April. Chocolatier Fiona Sciolti will be holding children’s workshops in the morning and a workshop for adults in the afternoon. Pre-booking essential via Eventbrite. Details on website and in the Cathedral.
Creative Spirituality Evening 7.30pm Tuesday 3rd April. All are welcome to join Sharon Court for dedicated space and time.
Silver Screen Film – “Calamity Jane” (1953) 2.00pm Tuesday 10th April in Becket Hall. Tickets free from the Cathedral Shop.
Cathedral Clock Tour and Talk with Derek Frampton 10.00am & 12.00pm on Saturday 14th April. Please join Derek, the Diocesan Clock Advisor, for a talk about the inner workings of the Cathedral Clock followed by a tour of the Cathedral Tower and a closer look at the clock mechanism. Booking essential through the Cathedral Office.

All those preparing for baptism and confirmation at Easter including: Josh, Eddie, Nick, James, George, Jason, Jamie and David.
All those in need including: Frank, Rachael, John, Roger, Wayne, Brian, Mark, Marion and Graeme.
And those who have died: Mary Barnard, Peter Stevenson, Peter Bolt (funeral Portchester Crematorium 1.15pm Wednesday 28th March), Margaret Spirer (funeral Portchester Crematorium 11.15am Monday 9th April), and Trevor Owen RIP.

For complete listing of this week's notices click here

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