Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 30th September 2018


In Harry Potter, pupils are taught the Patronus charm that summons a silvery animal guardian to protect you in times of peril. A patron is someone who gives support to a person, cause or organisation, such as a patron of the arts. As Christianity spread, churches were built on the sites of where prominent Christians were born, lived or even martyred, and so the church was often named after them. Patron saints are prayed to for different areas of life, such as Catholics praying to St Anthony when they have lost something.

Our east end was built in 1180 and is dedicated to the memory of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was murdered ten years beforehand. As we celebrate our patronal festival, may we consider how he changed because of his role in the Church and celebrate the rich life we have in the Cathedral community.

PS There’s lots of stuff going on – read the notices!

Kitty Price

Cathedral Reader


Welcome to all those attending our services today for our Patronal Festival including the Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral and the family and friends of David Carpenter who will be installed as a Lay Member of Chapter, the Cathedral’s governing body, during the 10.30am Eucharist and our visiting preacher this evening The Revd Canon Dr Chris Irvine.

Holy Communion One of the hidden treasures of the Cathedral’s Collections are the Illuminated Service Books, some of the best modern examples of this work were, given to the Cathedral by William Graily Hewitt in 1949. The Order of Holy Communion will be used at this morning’s 8am service has calligraphy by Helen Hinkley and the illumination is the work of Ida Henstock with gilding by Graily Hewitt.

Friends AGM meeting is at 12.30pm in Becket Hall.

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


More funding for Cathedral Sing! - £1,250 has been awarded from “Music for All”. Congratulations to the Cathedral Sing team.

Harvest Lunch Thank you to all those who helped and attended this event.

Pantomime Lunch A sincere thank you to all who have contributed and raised a wonderful sum of £1263.00 for the Roberts Centre. This will give some of the children living in temporary accommodation a magical time at ‘Cinderella’ in the Kings Theatre in December. If you would like to donatetowards the Roberts Centre Christmas party then please see Gerry Chilton.


Breast Cancer Haven The Cathedral Tower will light up pink on Monday 1st October in support of this.

Planned Giving For those who give using the weekly envelopes, new sets are now available for collection in the Cathedral Shop area. If you would like more information about regular donations to the Cathedral including through the Parish Giving Scheme please contact the Finance Officer Nicky 023 9289 2965 or nicky.taylor@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk .

Time Theme: One off Autumn Book group at 12 Hartford House either: 10am-12pm Monday 29th October; 3-5pm Thursday 1st November or 7-9pm Wednesday 7th November. If you would like to attend please contact Sarah Lovatt sarah.lovatt@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk by 10th October.

Our Cathedral Link with Sunyani Cathedral in Ghana A leaflet has been prepared to help you trace the development of this vibrant link. Please help yourself to a copy of this leaflet from the Welcome Area.

Do you receive the Winter Fuel Allowance? And do you really need it?! If not, would you be willing to Gift Aid yours to the Cathedral to support our outreach work with disadvantaged groups with whom we work? If you would be willing to support us in this way, please put your cheque in a Gift Aid envelope and drop it off in the Cathedral Office, marked “Winter Fuel Allowance”. Many thanks for your help and generosity.

Community Choir The Portsmouth Grammar School’s Community Choir is a fun and friendly group of singers made up of parents, staff and friends and open to anyone. The choir meets most Tuesdays during term time and performs in concerts with the school’s Chamber Choir. There are no auditions for this choir. If you are interested in joining, please contact the Director of Music, Gareth Hemmings at g.hemmings@pgs.org.uk .


Creative Spirituality Evening 7.30pm this Tuesday. Join us for an evening of crafting inspired by the Cathedral Annual Theme “TIME” led by the Annual Theme curator Sharon Court.

Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday. Paul Walton (organ). Refreshments from 12.30pm. Retiring collection and refreshments on sale from 12.30pm.

Craft and Chat Group 2.30pm this Thursday in the Bishop Kenneth Room. Bring your needlecraft or just come along for the company. New members welcome.

Solent Symphony Orchestra Concert 7.30pm Saturday 6th October. Will perform a stirring selection of music including Saint-Saens ‘Organ’ Symphony with David Price as guest soloist.

Royal Marine Band Service Memorial Day Service 10.30am Sunday 7th October. Entry from 10.00am. Annual commemorative service.

Silver Screen Film “High Society (1956) 1.45pm Tuesday 9th October. Our bimonthly film screening following Cathedral Lunch Club in Becket Hall.

Cathedral Choir in Concert at St Mary’s Portchester 7.30pm Friday 12th October. Tickets £8.50 (£5.50 concessions) available from St Mary’s Church Office stmaryoffice@btconnect.com or 023 9232 1380. All proceeds will be in aid of the Blind Veterans UK.


All those being baptised: Francesca Noble-Oswald

All those in need including: Frank, Brian, Margaret, Roger, Derek, Stuart, Tricia, Eric, Jane and Gita.

And those who have died: William Covington, Jeannette Hayward (Deacon) and Ben Wilson RIP.

For complete listings of this week's notices click here

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